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Warriors Wonder: Green lays body on the line in loss to Nuggets

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Green’s painfully valiant efforts to get Dubs going in Oracle were in vain.

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It’s difficult to pick a Warriors Wonder on a night when the world champion Golden State Warriors looked discombobulated and uninspired in a 96-81 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Even still, Draymond Green seemed to be the Warrior most visibly annoyed by the night’s proceedings. His stat line was a “meh” (for Green’s standards) combination of 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. While it wasn’t enough to power the Dubs through on the second night of back-to-back, he showed his trademark fire-and-brimstone approach that was at the very least, HIGHLY entertaining.

The attribute that makes Green so fun to watch, and why coach Steve Kerr refers to him as the team’s “heartbeat”, is that he is hyper-competitive. After missing a ton of time this month due to his shoulder injury, he is definitely anxious to put his imprint back on the game.

Part of that imprint is using his unique playmaking skills to maximize the talents of his protege, rookie Jordan Bell.

This alley-oop was definitely the only Warriors “Sportscenter” highlight of the evening, and it was powered by Green aggressively seeking to get his teammates going. Unfortunately, his aggression may have got him injured again, as he ate an elbow from Nuggets center Nikola Jokic late in the game.

Typical “Dray”, putting his body on the line fighting for a win. According to ESPN, the x-rays came back negative on his elbow. That’s a great sign, as the champs will surely need him in their annual Christmas Day blood feud against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Agree? Disagree? Either way, vote for who you believe was the true Warriors Wonder from last night!

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Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Nuggets?

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  • 53%
    Jordan Bell
    (338 votes)
  • 9%
    Kevin Durant
    (60 votes)
  • 10%
    Draymond Green
    (67 votes)
  • 5%
    Omri Casspi
    (36 votes)
  • 2%
    Klay Thompson
    (15 votes)
  • 18%
    Javale McGee’s jumpers in garbage time
    (121 votes)
637 votes total Vote Now