Steve Kerr has spent two months insisting the Warriors can succeed without Draymond Green putting up points. That Green’s role is to conduct the offense, orchestrate the defense and generate enough energy to power the average city.
But this belief, while purposeful, sells Green short. Moreover, statistics are offering dissent.
In a Warriors season without a rumor of consistency, Green’s scoring has been one of the more accurate barometers of their results. When he scores five or fewer points, they are 4-9. When he scores 10 or more, they are 4-0.
It’s only four games, but perfection deserves deeper probing. If not outright respect.
As the Warriors wrung out a 111-107 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Draymond delivered his typical play-making artistry, defensive wizardry and general vitality. He was fabulous, playing 36 minutes and finishing one rebound shy of a triple-double.
Green’s 12 points mattered as much as anything else he did — and the six he scored in the final 5:02 of a pulsating fourth quarter were essential.
With the Pacers loading up to stop Steph Curry, Draymond saw openings and punished them for their neglect. He dropped in a finger roll with 5:02 remaining. A dunk with 3:50 remaining. Two free throws, with seven seconds remaining, to put Indiana to sleep.
“Tonight, we needed him to score,” Kerr said in a postgame video conference, “because we only made five 3s. Every game is a little…