There’s been a running gag in the NBA, primarily surrounding Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook. For three straight years, Westbrook (then with the Oklahoma City Thunder) averaged a triple-double. That was a feat many thought would never happen.
Westbrook was undeniably good during that run, but there was often a sense that he was chasing triple-doubles, primarily because . . . uhh . . well . . . I mean, you watched the games. You know what I’m talking about. It’s right there.
Anyway, the joke became that because Westbrook clearly cared about the arbitrary statistic that gets headlines, he must value them more than winning. And therefore when Westbrook would record a triple-double, fans would joke about how the Thunder “won” . . . even if they lost.
It was fun and playful. Except Draymond Green never really got the memo that it was a joke.
Green recorded his first career triple-double on January 2, 2015, when he finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in a victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Over the years, Green has continued to wrack up triple-doubles . . . not at the pace that Westbrook does, but he hasn’t been a slouch, either. And there was a constant: The Warriors would win.
Entering Wednesday’s games, Green had recorded 23 career triple-doubles in the regular season. And the Warriors had gone 23-0 in those games.
That streak finally ended on Wednesday. The three-time All-Star had his second triple-double of the year, with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. But the Warriors fell to the New York Knicks 124-122 in overtime.
All good things must end.
That being said, it’s not the first time the Warriors have dropped a game when Green recorded a triple-double, just the first time in the regular season. The Defensive Player of the Year has 10 career postseason triple-doubles, with Golden State going 7-3 in those contests.