Analyst Marcus Spears says Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has let his emotions get the better of him several times before.
On ESPN’s “Get Up,” Spears said.
“It’s all about emotion now for Draymond Green. … I haven’t watched a playoff or a Warriors-run playoff where Draymond Green hasn’t let his emotions get the better of him. “
Being one of the most emotional and passionate players in the league is part of why Green has become such a special player. It’s also something that has gotten him in trouble over the years.
This was the case Monday at the start of the Western Conference semifinals.
After passing the Denver Nuggets in the first round, Golden State beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-116 on the road in Game 1. That was impressive, considering Green was sent off for a flagrant foul 2 just before halftime.
Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors warm up in the NBA playoffs
While Draymond Green’s technical foul and ejection in Game 1 drew a lot of attention, the fact that Golden State still got a win was remarkable.
Golden State now finds itself with a 1-0 lead while preparing for a tough Game 2 on Tuesday in Memphis.
The Warriors were one of the best teams in the NBA in the early months of the regular season. That was until the team had to deal with a number of injuries which set the team back. Now, it looks like Golden State is finally finding its stride and looking like a serious contender to win the championship.
With Steph Curry and Klay Thompson impressive, as well as Jordan Poole’s breakout game, Golden State could be the best of the eight teams still in the playoffs.
If Green can keep his cool and stay on the field, Golden State will have the chance to send a message to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Green is in its 10th season. He helped the Warriors win three championships and was a four-time All-Star. The 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year and leader in interceptions that season, Green made the All-Defensive Team six times. He is also likely to be named to the All-Defensive Team this season.
Green has been limited to 46 games this season due to a back injury.