Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ blowout loss to the Bucks

Well, that’s about as poorly as the Warriors have played in the last five years.

And they did it on their home court, no less.

With no Draymond Green in the linuep, the Warriors were run off the Oracle Arena court Thursday by a hungry and talented Bucks team that was aiming to make a statement.

They succeeded.

Milwaukee took the first of two regular-season meetings between the teams 134-111 Thursday, opening up a lead as large as 29 points on the defending champions.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and nine rebounds in the win — likely shooting himself to the top of the NBA MVP discussion. Eric Bledsoe led the way for Milwaukee with 26 points in 26 minutes.

The Warriors? Well outside of Klay Thompson, there’s little to celebrate.

Here’s what we learned in the worst loss of the year:

Draymond Green is really important to this team
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

I’m fond of saying that Draymond Green is the Stephen Curry of defense — he’s similarly one of the best (if not the best) in the league when it comes to his area of genius, but when it comes to overall impact, history will look upon both players more fondly than those in this day and age. They’re revolutionaries.

Green is simply the perfect defender for the NBA in 2018. Once a “tweeter” no one knew what to do with, his ability to defend all five positions and off-the-charts instincts makes him the fulcrum of the Warriors’ switch-everything defense, which is now copied around the league.

Though despite the imitation of the scheme, there’s no other Draymond Green.

I can put together highlight packages showing the incredible defensive things Green does every game, but it’s not just the blocks, steals, and rebounds that make him a generational talent — it’s also the help-side slides that might …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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