Draymond Green Admits to Chasing Triple-Double as Warriors Nearly Lose to 76ers
It what was probably the most surprising outcome of the entire 2015-16 NBA season thus far, the Philadelphia 76ers erased a 24-point fourth-quarter deficit before finding themselves tied 105-105 with the Golden State Warriors with less than a second remaining in Saturday’s game. Of course, the Sixers still lost to the Warriors thanks to Harrison Barnes‘ game-winning three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left on the clock.
However, no one ever expected a game between the first-place Warriors and the last-place 76ers to be so tightly contested.
Who or what was to blame for the Warriors’ second-half letdown? According to all-star forward Draymond Green, the near-loss was all because of him and his focus on recording a triple-double.
“We definitely should have lost, and it was all my fault,” Green said. “I was selfishly unselfish, if you know what [that] means. And so we started turning the ball over, due to my self[ish] unselfishness, and it was all downhill from there.”
Green then got more specific:
“In other words,” he explained, “I was chasing a triple-double. Coach came to me at halftime like, ‘You better get it in this third quarter, ’cause you ain’t playing in the fourth,’ and it was all downhill from there. So definitely my fault, what went on tonight. Good thing we were able to get the win. Only right I was able to make a play after causing us to be in that position.”
It’s not often you see a player in any sport admit to chasing stats, so while some may want to condemn Green for his selfishness on the court, we should all applaud him for his honesty off of it.