In my opinion, Draymond had one of the best games of his career last night. It wasn’t just that he had another triple-double but the energy and leadership he brought to the table were unmatched by any other player on the court.
Pretty much every year, Draymond has turned up his level of play for the postseason and this year is no exception.
Regular season stats
7.4 PPG, 7.3 REB, 6.9 AST
1.4 STL, 1.1 BLK, 44.5% FG
13.3 PPG, 9.6 REB, 8 AST
1.3 STL, 1.7 BLK, 51.9% FG
Draymond’s triple double was still significant, however. It was his 7th in his playoff career, giving him more playoff triple doubles than all other Warriors combined (6). This game could’ve gotten way out of hand if it wasn’t for Green. The Warriors were down as much as 18 in the 2nd quarter but Draymond kept playing aggressively and getting to the foul line to close the gap to 13 at half.
Then in the 3rd quarter, Draymond ran the fast break seemingly every time the Dubs pulled down a defensive rebound and they led by 3 by the quarter’s end. He kept up his relentless energy to the game’s end, leading his team to a comeback victory.
Draymond is often called “the heartbeat” of this team, and rightfully so. He brings a fire and intensity as a team leader that sometimes gets out of hand but is ultimately a guy every team would love to have.
A great example of his leadership came during the Warriors comeback. Jordan Bell had just missed a wide open dunk that would’ve brought the game closer. Instead of calling him out, Draymond responded by telling Bell that at the end of the day, it’s a missed shot and everyone on the court had missed a shot; nobody’s perfect.
Golden State can definitely seal a trip to the Finals tomorrow night if Green plays with that same energy and intensity he brought in Game 3. - 3 minutes ago