Draymond Green admits Warriors’ defense is ‘non-existent’ right now
For the first time in six years, the Golden State Warriors are in an unfamiliar situation. They are no longer the favorites to win the NBA title. And through the first two games of the season, they have been blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Draymond Green says that the absence of the team’s defense is one of the main reasons why they’ve been struggling.
Draymond: "Our defense right now is non-existent. I don't even think we know what defense is right now."
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 27, 2019
The Warriors have allowed the Clippers to score 141 points against them in their season opener, then they gave up 120 points to OKC. And while Stephen Curry has been doing everything he can to help the team remain competitive, the other guys on the roster have also struggled offensively.
One of which is newcomer D’Angelo Russell, who only scored six points against the Thunder. The All-Star guard is expected to help carry the offensive load for the Warriors, but if he continues to be inconsistent, they’re going to have a problem.
Still, a lot of games have yet to be played. The Warriors have a lot of new guys on the roster and their priority is to help them be familiar with the team’s system. Golden State won’t have Klay Thompson until around March or April next year, so they have to work with what they have.
At this point, everyone on the team, from the coaches to the players, is being patient. They understand that this is going to be a long process that will be filled by highs and lows, and they aren’t in a hurry to hit the panic button.