Draymond Green on Warriors’ blowout loss to Clippers: ‘We f***ing sucked’
Draymond Green had no time to sugarcoat a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers to start the 2019-20 season. The Golden State Warriors gave up the most points in a game since head coach Steve Kerr took over the helm in 2014, prompting the forward to lay the truth on the table.
“I’m not a moral victory kind of guy. We f***ing sucked,” said Green after the game, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.
The final score will show a 141-122 loss to the Clippers, but it was far worse than the 19 points of difference the final count shows. Los Angeles scored 30 or more points in each quarter, having no difficulty whatsoever getting in the paint for easy finishes.
The Clippers made 50 of their 80 shot attempts, a blistering 62.5%, while the Warriors struggled to reach 40% efficiency from the floor — a drastic contrast compared to last season, when they led the league in field goal percentage and field goal efficiency per 100 possessions.
Kerr further confirmed this isn’t just one of those games to leave on the rearview, but rather one they must face head on and learn from.
“This is not a one-off—this is the reality. There’s going to be nights like this this year. You’ve got to play through it, you’ve got to keep fighting and keep getting better. That’s the plan. …
“It doesn’t feel very good. Losing stinks. It’s no fun. This is more the reality of the NBA. … The last five years we’ve been living in a world that isn’t supposed to exist. Five years of, if I remember, the best record anybody’s ever had over five years. So this is reality, nine guys 23 or younger, and we’re starting over in many respects.”
The Warriors will take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road next, hoping to improve on what has been a catastrophic brand of defense throughout the preseason and the first game of the 2019-20 campaign.