The Golden State Warriors’ season started a little disjointed, with a blowout loss to the Spurs and close victories over also-rans the Pelicans and Suns. Visiting Portland on Tuesday night, though, the Warriors “put it all together,” according to Draymond Green, and they ran roughshod over the Trail Blazers. Their dominance might only be a matter of time, but Damian Lillard’s pregame comments may have accelerated the process.
“It’s not the same,” Lillard declared. “They are a great offensive team and I think they will still be a good defensive team, but it’s different than when (Andrew) Bogut is not back there. It’s just not the same.”
Well, it may not be the same, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still great. Green, ever defiant, was especially happy to throw Lillard’s comments back in his face after the win.
“I love when people say stuff like that,” Draymond said. “I take it personal, so I appreciate it. It really got me going on that end tonight. And I felt amazing out there, and I think our defense was amazing.
“So yeah I love when people say stuff like that. Continue to do it.”
Lillard has poked the Warriors’ bear before, and it’s risky to make a habit out of it, because the Blazers don’t have Green, or Kevin Durant, or Steph Curry, and Golden State does. Having those three means they can straight-up embarrass pretty much anybody if they put their minds to it.
(Via Pro Basketball Talk)