Steve Kerr finally spoke about Draymond Green’s suspension in Game 5. He revealed that Golden State Warriors felt “minus-22 without him.”
Warriors’ power forward expressed his desire to make amends after being issued with one-game suspension from LeBron James altercation in Game 4. Kerr should have been angry with the situation and scolded Green. However, the coach approached Green before the latter reached out to him.
In fact, he appreciated him and acknowledged him as the team’s versatile defender. He made it clear that Draymond Green has nothing to apologize for.
“I approached him before approached me. I said, ‘you don’t owe anybody an apology. Without you we’re not even here (in the Finals). We’re all on vacation at this point,” he cited.
Warriors coach mentioned Green should just be himself than trying to be a hero or feel guilty from the suspension. “He doesn’t owe us anything. He doesn’t have to come out here and try to be a hero, he just has to be himself,” Kerr said.
He added, “It’s no need to come out and try to be a He-Man. Solid basketball works. Just come out, be solid, be who I am.”
During the interview, ESPN described Green as “probably the most versatile defender in the entire NBA.” His statistics explained everything. He has the highest defensive rating compared to any player in the series.
Green earned 100 points allowed per 100 possessions when he’s on court. The team got plus-36 because of Green, too. In Game 5, Warriors felt minus-22 without him.
“After Game 4 everybody complained that LeBron and Kyrie took all the shots in the second half. After Game 5, they did the exact same thing, but they went in, and everybody said how great they were,” Kerr stated.
At the end of the interview, he emphasized Warriors’ need of balance amid the terrible playoffs. “I always talk about the game being connected at both ends,” he stated.
“If you play good defense, your shots are more likely to go in at the other end because you’re getting transition [opportunities] and the other team is on its heels.”
Kerr added, “If you turn it over, and you give up 28 fast-break points like we did the other night, you’re probably feeding into a couple of great players and helping them get going. We’ve got to take care of the ball. That will be our best defense.”
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