Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry enjoyed playing alongside Draymond Green for the first time in year and a half. Curry, who won back-to-back NBA MVP awards in 2015 and 2016, broke his hand early on last season and when he returned to the lineup, Green was sidelined because of an injury.
Green, who missed the Warriors' first four games of the season, made his season debut on Friday when Golden State hosted the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors hoped Green's return would spark the team on the defensive side but that wasn't the case as the Trail Blazers dominated the Warriors 123-98.
"We have a couple weird little routines before the jump ball that it was nice to kind of get back to," Curry said. "We haven't gotten in a lot of reps in a long time, so it's going to take some games to kind of get our rhythm back and understand how he's going to be extremely impactful, especially on the offensive end, and find those looks.
We just need everybody available to keep going through these lumps early and try to find our way and find our identity. And for me and him, we got to be able to lead that."
Green needs time to find his rhythm
In 18 minutes spent on the court, Green scored zero points, had four rebounds and four assists.
"Draymond just looks like he's getting his wind," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. "He looked like a guy who missed training camp and has been working his way to get onto the floor. It looked like an exhibition-style game for him; and that's not a criticism, it's just where he is physically.
He got a really tough break coming into the season with the COVID protocols, and so it's going to take him some time. I'm glad to have him back, and he needs a few games under his belt to get that conditioning and that rhythm, but there's no question it's going to take some time."
James Wiseman, who was taken at No. 2 by the Warriors in this past NBA draft, is a big fan of Green. "Just like his presence alone, just like his aura, just like as a person is really great," Wiseman said. "He has a strong personality, so I feel like that's going to bring a lot of energy toward the team and it's going to impact us in a positive way."