Having not really been challenged thus far in the playoffs heading into their Game 3 outing against the New Orleans Pelicans Friday evening, it’s understandable that the defending champion Warriors had somewhat of letdown.
Golden State ultimately dropped the game by the score of 119-100 with New Orleans pulling the series to 2-1 heading into Game 4 Sunday afternoon.
A lot has since been made of the Draymond Green and Rajon Rondo feud that bled over from Game 2 to Friday evening in New Orleans. But Green himself is now making news for other reasons.
He’s publicly calling out teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant for their lack of aggressiveness.
Draymond Grewn says Stephen Curry & Kevin Durant haven’t been aggressive enough & he’s challenged them do be more aggressive. pic.twitter.com/oBe0ZS1DM0
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) May 5, 2018
“At the end of the day, they missed shots yesterday,” Green said, via 95.7 The Game. “I still don’t think KD or Steph were aggressive enough. And as I said to both of them, I need them to be aggressive. They are our guys. That’s who we’re going to to get buckets.”
The two combined to shoot 15-of-37 from the field in Game 3. Meanwhile, fellow All-Star Klay Thompson put up more shots than the two former MVPs. That’s normally not an ideal scenario for the reigning champs.
For his part, Durant has seemed disinterested at times during the playoffs. Given that he is the reigning NBA Finals MVP, that promises to change moving forward.
However, Golden State would like nothing more than to steal Game 4 in New Orleans and wrap the series up back home after that. If this is going to happen, Durant certainly needs to be more aggressive.