In the Thursday LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors game, Draymond Green deployed a standard defensive strategy against Russell Westbrook. Russell Westbrook was forced to take a long-range shot at the seven-minute mark of the first quarter because Green purposefully left him open on top of the key.
Although Westbrook isn’t a particularly good 3-point shooter, the opposition frequently jams the paint to force him to take more treys. Supporters seemed indifferent to Westbrook’s refusal to shoot. The mocking started with the Warriors’ media partner NBC Sports.
At the 6:46 minute of the first period, with the Warriors leading 11-10, Draymond Green was spotted playing well off Westbrook on defense and clearly taunting him to attempt a 3-point shot.
Russell Westbrook has taken a lot of heat in recent years for his shooting. He has a career field goal percentage of 30.5 percent. Isaiah Thomas weighed in on Twitter and criticized Westbrook for not attempting the clear-cut three.
Westbrook struggled with the Los Angeles Lakers until being moved to the Utah Jazz. It was prior to the NBA’s trade deadline on February 9. Nevertheless, he was bought out before agreeing to a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Draymond Green and the Warriors have a chance to even the season series against the Lakers
Wide open in the Western Conference. The LA Lakers are now ranked eleventh in the Western Conference, however, they are only one game and 2.5 games behind the sixth seed. The 17-time champs are three games behind the Golden State Warriors in sixth place.
Yet given how their season has gone, the Warriors might not want to take the chance of playing the Lakers with fewer players than necessary. The Warriors have lost to LA twice in their last encounters. Both times, Steph Curry was absent for the Warriors.
Golden State Warriors is down 2-1 against the Lakers in their season series. The Lakers would receive a higher seed than the Warriors. It is if they somehow managed to finish the regular season with the same record as the reigning champs.
The Warriors will have a chance to even the season series with Curry back in the lineup and LeBron James sidelined for the Lakers. James has a tendon issue in his foot, which will keep him out for at least three weeks.
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