Draymond Green on 2016 Opening Night loss: “It was funny to me. Because it was exactly what we needed.” pic.twitter.com/bdUGkKMLT2
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) October 16, 2017
OAKLAND–The Warriors don’t need Kendrick Lamar to remind them.
They already know how to be humble. Or, in more proper terms, they know what it’s like to be humbled.
On Opening Night in 2016, Golden State lost 129-100 to the San Antonio Spurs in a brutal showing at home that proved that even a team coming off a 73-win season that added Kevin Durant wasn’t infallible.
On Tuesday evening, the Warriors will open the 2017 regular season at home against another powerhouse from Texas, the Houston Rockets, and this year, they’ll again enter as the favorites to win their third championship in four seasons.
Golden State learned about the pitfalls of having too much confidence last year, and on Monday, forward Draymond Green explained why an Opening Night loss to the Spurs was exactly what the 2016-2017 NBA Champions needed.
“It was funny to me,” Green said. “Because that was exactly what we needed. We thought like, oh man, we won 73 games, lost in the Finals, got Kevin Durant, we’re about to smack everybody and we got crushed. It was a slap in the face so it was pretty funny. It was good for us, though.”