The reigning champion Golden State Warriors have the NBA’s best offensive weapon at their disposal in Steph Curry, but another major catalyst for their historic success has been their versatile power forward, Draymond Green, who is having a career year across the board and is poised to make his inaugural trip to the All-Star game in Toronto next month.
He has a league-leading eight triple-doubles so far this season, including three straight between New Year’s Eve and January 4. In short, he’s been putting in work, but now, as has been the growing trend across the NBA in recent years, the organization plans to give him some much-needed rest this week, declaring him inactive for the Warriors’ back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday. Via Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle:
The Warriors plan to sit power forward Draymond Green the next two games (Wednesday at Denver and Thursday against the Lakers), leaving open only the slight possibility that the vociferous competitor might convince them otherwise.
“Yeah, I look forward to having that conversation with him,” joked interim head coach Luke Walton after Tuesday’s practice, which Green watched in flip flops.
The Warriors have made no secret about wanting to break the Chicago Bulls’ single-season record of 72 wins, and they remain on-pace to do just that. Sitting Green on consecutive nights against a pair of lowly teams that don’t pose much of a threat is strategic thinking on their part and may even aid in that endeavor.