No One is Listening to Draymond Green
It's been a rollercoaster 10 months for Draymond Green.
In February, as the Golden State Warriors limped through the final weeks of their worst season in nearly 20 years, Draymond Green was sidelined with a knee injury that ultimately kept him out the remainder of the shortened season. During the longest offseason in NBA history, Green's knee improved and entering the 2020-21 season he was in the best shape in years.
Then came an early-December positive COVID-19 test and subsequent foot injury that kept him out of the preseason and the Warriors' first four regular-season games. He returned on Jan. 1 and recorded four assists and four rebounds but had zero points and four fouls in 18 minutes of a blowout loss to the Trail Blazers.
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"He looked like a guy who missed training camp and has been working his way to get onto the floor," Steve Kerr said after the loss "He got a really tough break coming into the season with the COVID protocols, and so it's going to take him some time. I'm glad to have him back, and he needs a few games under his belt to get that conditioning and that rhythm, but there's no question it's going to take some time."
The Warriors won in Green's second and third game back, recording just their fourth winning streak and biggest blowout (31 points) since the 2018-19 season. But in the 31-point win over the Kings, no one was listening to Draymond Green.
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