Warriors coach Steve Kerr praises Draymond Green for not complaining to refs as much
Draymond Green has never been afraid to show his emotions or use his voice on the basketball court. And while that emotion and tenacity have already made him one of the most beloved players in the history of the Golden State Warriors franchise, it can also get him into trouble.
Green had already racked up three technical fouls (after having a fourth rescinded) in the first eight games of the playoffs. And given that seven technical fouls in a single postseason result in a game suspension, the Warriors could ill afford Green to maintain his pace.
After all, it was Green’s suspension in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers that served as a crucial turning point in Cleveland’s historic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.
Since Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals, however, Green has kept his emotions in check. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr lauded Green for focusing more on his game rather than the number of whistles blown throughout the course of a game:
Steve Kerr on Draymond Green improving with not getting technicals lately pic.twitter.com/iIMbgN9ymD
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Kerr stressed the importance of Green being able to “move on to the next play” and said that the team can sometimes fall out of sync when Green’s emotions take over and lead to technicals and free points from the charity stripe.
This statement is directly indicative of Green’s importance to the team, and underscores his significance from a leadership perspective as much as anything else.
Luckily for the Warriors, Draymond Green has been more reserved but even more dynamic during the playoffs, notching a triple-double in Game 3 on Saturday night.