Warriors’ Draymond Green calls out NBA for crazy San Antonio-Minnesota back-to-back
While the Warriors still lick their wounds from their loss to the Spurs, they have no choice but to travel north to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in fewer than 24 hours.
One Golden State player who isn’t happy about the back-to-back from Texas to Minnesota is Green, who has always been vocal about his disapproval on issues he views as unfair.
The Mercury News’ Mark Medina shared Green’s postgame interview on the matter:
Draymond on SA/Minny B2B: “It’s crazy. We get this back to back it seems like every year between here & Minnesota or New Orleans & Minnesota. We get it every year. But if all of us would have sat tonight it would have been a problem. So somebody needs to figure something out.” pic.twitter.com/UGVCePk5tp
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 19, 2019
Green played 36 minutes on Monday night, finishing with 10 points, seven assists, three blocks and a steal in a hard-fought battle against the Spurs. Apart from him, all of Golden State’s superstars — Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — also logged no less than 36 minutes of action during that contest.
With DeMarcus Cousins still nursing a sore ankle, the Warriors need all the fresh bodies they can get for Tuesday’s match against the Wolves, and the back-to-back isn’t doing them any favors at all.
As such, Green’s comment does hold a lot of weight to it. The idea that the league should make some adjustments to the planning of the regular season schedule to prevent circumstances like this from constantly happening is, ultimately, a sound one.
Teams often have to rest some of their bigger stars in the second halves of these back-to-back sequences, making the competition on the court less appealing for the fans in attendance and viewers at home.
Draymond Green knows this as well as anyone, if not better.