Draymond Green isn’t mincing words when it comes to the Warriors’ recent defensive struggles.
The Golden State forward wants to redirect the blame for his team’s poor performance on defense less than a day after the Warriors fell to the Celtics, 128-95. Green acknowledged that DeMarcus Cousins, who played his 17th game of the season Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) after missing almost a year with an Achilles injury, has taken most of the heat. While some point blame toward DeMarcus Cousins for the Warriors defensive struggles, Green said the whole team needs to get better.
“So many people are looking at the starting lineup and saying ‘Oh, DeMarcus in there, the defense is worse.’ But our defense has been horsesh— no matter who is in there,” Green said, per The Athletic. “We need to defend better.”
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 6, 2019
Cousins said after the loss that he’s not “struggling,” but still is trying to figure out some of the schemes.
“It’s an adjustment,” Cousins said, via The Athletic. “Trying to figure things out with how we play for the coverages. Trying to meet the needs they want with the coverages. … We’re trying to figure that out right now, what’s best. To say I’m struggling, that’s a bit foolish.”
With Tuesday’s loss, the Warriors fell 44-20 at home but remain at the top of the Western Conference. They will face the Nuggets (42-21) on Friday at Oracle Arena.