What a series it’s been for Draymond Green.
The Warriors’ Swiss Army knife wasn’t able to lead Golden State to a win over the Sacramento Kings in Games 1 or 2. To make matters even worse, he was suspended for Game 3 after stepping on Domantas Sabonis after it appeared as if he grabbed Draymond’s leg.
That Game 3 suspension was a big deal because it looked like the Warriors might drop into an insurmountable 3-0 hole but Golden State stepped up in his absence and won.
And all he’s done since he’s come came in Games 4 and 5 is dominate on both ends of the floor.
Yes, even though he’s known for his trash talking and defense, he’s put together back-to-back really solid games on offense, averaging 16.5 points and 7.0 assists on 11-of-24 shooting. He’s been playing some of his most inspired basketball in years.
Draymond Green was the Warriors’ hero on Wednesday night
With Game 5 coming down to the wire and the Warriors on the brink of a 3-2 advantage with a road win against the Kings, Green put the team on his back and scored 21 points.
The last time he scored 20-plus points in a game was all the way back on Christmas Day of 2019 against the Rockets. Suffice it to say, it’s been a while since Draymond showed this kind of offensive prowess and the Warriors needed every last point.
Sacramento was barreling down on the Warriors in the fourth quarter, but Green made big shot after big shot. Not only that, but he had four steals, four rebounds, seven assists, and a block. He was arguably the best overall player on the floor on Wednesday and led Golden State to a huge win.
It’s good to see Draymond having elite performances in the playoffs still.