It’s been two months since Draymond Green played for the Warriors and his confidence has not swayed in the slightest.
Green returned to the court on Monday, marking the first time in 1,005 days that the Warriors trio of Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson has played a game together.
Green finished with 6 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds, a steal and three turnovers in a 20-minute appearance.
Steve Kerr credited Green afterwards for being a catalyst to Stephen Curry’s 47-point outburst. With Green back in the lineup, Golden State looked much more like the contenders they were in the first half of the season, before he went down.
He clearly felt that way too, saying after the game to NBC Sports’ Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike, that he has a clear expectation for the way this season will end.
“Obviously the No. 2 seed would be great, but we’re not chasing it,” Green said. “We’re going to make sure we do everything we can to stay healthy coming down the stretch. We’re not going to make any boneheaded decisions trying to chase the No. 2 seed. Whether we’re the No. 2 seed or No. 3 seed, we’re going to win a championship, so it don’t really matter… I called it months ago.”
After the game, Green criticized local media, saying that he felt like his trust had been violated.
The Warriors will host the Boston Celtics at home for their next game on March 16.