Even with the best record in the West, Draymond Green did not mince words when it came time to talk about the team’s defense this season — a defense the Golden State star sees as anything but optimal.
“So many people are looking at the starting lineup and saying ‘Oh, DeMarcus in there, the defense is worse.’ But our defense has been horsesh— no matter who is in there,” Green said, per The Athletic. “We need to defend better.”
While Green acknowledged that DeMarcus Cousins, who played his 17th game of the season Tuesday after missing almost a year with an Achilles injury, has taken most of the heat, he reiterated that it was the team’s responsibility to maintain their defensive intensity.
“It’s an adjustment. Trying to figure things out with how we play for the coverages. Trying to meet the needs they want with the coverages. … We’re trying to figure that out right now, what’s best. To say I’m struggling, that’s a bit foolish.”
Draymond is clearly making no excuses for his team — he’s calling it how he sees it. He always has, and it is part of the reason why he brings so much value to the team.
As the Dubs look to finish out strong, they’ll no doubt be getting their spark from Green, who has been their leader in defense since it all began a few years ago.