Hey Dub Nation, what does that phrase represent?
A.) A full color photo-book of a Michael Jackson album?
C.) To do something important that has not been done before and will be recorded publicly and remembered for a long time? — Cambridge Online Dictionary
Hmmm! Those are all great choices. In selecting today’s Warriors Wonder, I felt that “C” provides the closest description to what Draymond Green did Thursday night in the Golden State Warriors’ 124-114 romping win over the Houston Rockets.
Dray messed around and got a triple-double
Remember the lyrics from hardcore rapper-turned-friendly mogul Ice Cube’s quintessential gangsta tune, “Today Was A Good Day” (edited version)?
“Get me on the court and I’m trouble/Last week messed around and got a triple-double”
The preposterous notion of the short, chunky, foul-mouthed Ice Cube dominating random Los Angeles basketball courts in the early ‘90s has charmingly endured in that lyric for decades. Green, however, is actually the real-life incarnation of that verse.
Undersized, stocky, and vociferous as hell, Green has been piling up triple-doubles his whole career. His latest masterpiece came in Houston: 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Rockets.
Draymond Green is now the Warriors' franchise leader in triple-doubles with 21 (two this season), passing Tom Gola (20). Green finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds & 10 assists.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) January 5, 2018
In today’s weird world where many people digest basketball solely through highlights, the word “triple-double” has seemingly come to indicate that any player who achieves it is above criticism (i.e. Lebron James in the last Finals, or Russell Westbrook in last years playoffs).
But...does it REALLY matter if a player gets a triple-double if his team is getting buried? Not in the eyes of this snarky blogger. With the Warriors, when Green stuffs the stat sheet like that, his team wins.
Every damn time.
The @Warriors improved to 21-0 in Draymond Green's career when he records a triple-double.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 5, 2018
Only Magic Johnson's Lakers have won more consecutive games in a player's triple-doubles than the Warriors have in Green's. pic.twitter.com/Kgxcz2LmlV
Dray in action
Here are the highlights of Green making history for your viewing pleasure.
I have to single out this assist though. Watch him deliver a pass so sweet to Nick Young that the ball literally refuses to miss.
Honorable Mention for Warrior Wonder
If you went with Stephen Curry (29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, infinite snatching of Chris Paul’s soul) or Klay Thompson (28 points, 6-of-10 from three-point range), I wouldn’t be mad at you.
But what would Ice Cube say?
Draymond Green messed around— theScore (@theScore) January 5, 2018
The Warriors are undefeated (21-0) when he records a triple-double pic.twitter.com/97XxY7VgaQ
Who is the Warrior Wonder for the win in Houston on Jan 4?
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