Draymond Green addresses idea of Warriors’ revenge win vs. Hornets
Draymond Green admitted he was feeling a bit vengeful heading into the Golden State Warriors’ rematch with the Charlotte Hornets at Chase Center on Friday. The struggling 3-time All-Star played his best game of the 2020-21 NBA campaign so far, recording a triple-double of 11 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high 19 assists in the Dubs’ 130-121 win.
After the game, Green revealed he needed to make up for his team after his meltdown cost the Warriors’ a 102-100 loss to the Hornets earlier this week, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.
“A revenge game would be a bit of a stretch. I would say it’s just me coming out and making it right. Trying to do whatever I can to help this team get a win. Can’t just forget about what happened last week, so I wouldn’t call it a revenge game.”
The Warriors were on track to win their first game of the season against Charlotte when Green foolishly got called for two technical fouls and got ejected from the game in the closing seconds of regulation. This allowed the Hornets to tie the ball game with free throws and eventually steal the win moments later after a buzzer-beater from Terry Rozier.
The three-time NBA champion was heavily scrutinized after the match for not keeping his emotions in check at such a crucial juncture of the match. Green has played rejuvenated basketball since that incident, playing much better in the Warriors’ three-game winning streak.
The Warriors finally caught a break as of late, getting rookie center James Wiseman back from injury. Green’s much-improved play will certainly be a good boost for their playoff hopes this season.