The Golden State Warriors’ season-opening winning streak ended at 24 games, but Draymond Green is among those who won’t miss the hot start.
According to ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Green said the expectation of winning every single night was draining.
Draymond on the streak: "I'm not going to miss it…draining"
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) December 15, 2015
Green likely felt much of the pressure to keep the streak alive because he’s such a valuable piece to the roster. No one else in the league contributes like Green, who is averaging 13.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.
The Michigan State product is the NBA’s most versatile defender, which allows Golden State to use an unparalled small-ball lineup featuring him at center.
Most of all, though, the Warriors regularly received their opponent’s best performance — especially during the seven-game road that ended with their first loss of the season.
Golden State only toppled the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors by three points, needed two overtimes to beat the Boston Celtics and staved off a potentially brilliant Indiana Pacers comeback before the Milwaukee Bucks ultimately put a blemish on the 24-0 start.
The Warriors are still the league’s elite squad, but now the pressure turns to competing with the San Antonio Spurs, who are only 3.5 games back. That’s an emotional toll Green and Co. are more used to handling.