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Charles Barkley fires shots at Warriors’ Draymond Green and his ‘triple single’ average


NBA icon Charles Barkley fired shots at Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and his ‘triple single’ average.

Ahead of the Warriors’ duel with the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, Barkley gave Green a good ribbing for his numbers this 2019-20 season. He’s averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and  5.5 assists or in Barkley’s eyes, a triple-single.

With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out, Green has been the main leader of the Warriors squad. He continues to play the point-forward position — orchestrating the offense and continuing to be vocal. He doesn’t necessarily fill the stat sheet like Curry or Thompson. But Warriors fans understand that Green’s contributions involve the intangibles.

But Barkley seems to be able to see through Draymond Green. His jab on Green suggests that the forward should be doing more than just the intangibles. With Curry and Thompson out, Green should be putting up beefier statistics in points, rebounds, and assists. His lack of a reliable shooting touch has always been a liability even when the Warriors were at their peak. Now, with Green all alone, this disability has been more and more noticeable.

Analysts have also noticed that Green’s defense isn’t as good as it used to be. He seems to lack the energy and poise this year. He’s no longer a force on the defensive end like he used to be.

Nevertheless, Green has ample time to prove Barkley and the critics wrong. The 2019-20 season can be tagged as a transitional year for the Dubs. When Curry and Thompson return, Green, too, may show a resurgence.