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Draymond Green’s return powers Warriors’ 116-108 win over Wolves

The Warriors’ win streak now at four.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What a time to make a run.

The Golden State Warriors are finally healthy, and have completed the longest road trip of the season. Going into last nights game, they were also riding the momentum of a three game win streak.

That same momentum broke the game open for the Dubs in the opening quarter where threes from Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant set the tone offensively.

The Wolves hung around and made it a game but the play for Curry (38 points) Durant (22 points) and Thompson (26 points) were too much to overcome as the Warriors beat the Wolves, 116-108.

Picking up the pace

Green’s value to the team is more than what he brings on defense. He also plays a big part in what the Warriors like to do offensively. Last night, Green’s impact was immediately felt as he dictated the pace of the game. The Warriors opened the quarter with at 13-0 run mainly because of not only Green’s pressure on defense, but his playmaking on offense. The subtle things like grabbing the ball out of the net after a Wolves’ bucket. Green communicating where he is. Those details made a difference offensively.

Defensive Pressure

The Warriors defense was aggressive and engaged last night, forcing 16 turnovers and scoring 24 points off the. Once again, Green was in the center of it all as he dictated the pace on the defense. He communicated where he was as far as traps were concerned. The defense was also opportunistic. Both Curry and Thompson stole inbound passes for buckets. Kevon Looney, despite his foul trouble, showed off impressive footwork and timing as he managed to help on the boards and registering a block. What’s equally impressive is the defense along the perimeter. The Dubs held the Wolves to 28 percent from three.

Three point shooting

This is the second game where the Warriors attempted 40 shots from three and also the second game where the three was a factor in a victory. Coincidence? no! Especially not against the Wolves. Minnesota outscored Golden State 54-22 in points in the paint. If the Warriors were cold from the outside, the game would have gone differently. With the way that the Wolves were making runs, withering the lead down to four points, six points and even a tie, they had a real chance to win. The Warriors outside shooting maintained the lead and secured the win. Curry lead the charge with seven threes made while Durant and Klay Thompson found their rhythm from the outside, making four threes each. Granted, Kerr mentioned an emphasis on finding the best shot even it means sacrificing attempts from deep. However, the three have been and is the Warriors’ best shot as of late.