SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 14: Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) argues with a referee as a timeout is called by the Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr in the second quarter of their NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)
In a game against the Dallas Mavericks last December, D’Angelo Russell couldn’t miss. He made all four of his 3-pointers in the first quarter en route to a team-leading 35-point performance — going toe-to-toe with Luka Doncic, who finished with 31. In this offensive spectacle, the Warriors and Mavericks each surpassed 70 points in the first half and, by the end of the night, combined for 262 points. Despite all that, Golden State still lost by 20.
“That game was a good reminder to me that no matter how well you shoot it, how efficiently you score, when you can’t make stops, you just can’t really get any traction in the game,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Since Kerr took over as head coach in 2014, the Warriors have been known for their scorched-earth approach to offense. Shooting was in abundance, and no point total seemed out of reach. But just as important as those all-time great offenses, Kerr often says, was the team’s defense.
Anchored by Draymond Green, who was flanked by elite wing defenders Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and…