Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green is enjoying the prospect of his team being the hunters again. The Warriors, who made five consecutive NBA Finals between 2015 and 2019, are set to play in the play-in tournament.
"For a second there we were the hunters, then we turned into the hunted for five, six years, whatever it was. And now we're hunting again," Green said after a 122-116 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.
"That's always a fun position to be in when you're hunting, going after everybody else. Obviously, [I have] experience [in] both, but I love hunting. That's fun." Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 38 points against the Suns, while Jordan Poole added 20 points off the bench.
"Earlier in the season, we were so Steph heavy," Green said. "Everything had to be Steph, and if Steph couldn't get it going, we were kind of done. We moved the ball tonight. We didn't shoot great, but we hit the shots when they mattered."
Wiggins, Poole led the Warriors to a win
"Steph was getting trapped, [the Suns were] getting the ball out of his hands, and other guys were making plays," Green said. "He was trapped the entire night, so to only have three turnovers is incredible, two and three defenders was on him all night.
But to his credit, he continued to move the ball and trusted other guys to make plays, and guys made those plays and that's why we were able to come away with the win." Wiggins also feels the Warriors are now a better team than they were earlier this year.
"We're a totally different team now than we were at the beginning of the year," Wiggins said. "I feel like we're only getting better. We're jelling at the perfect time." Before the Suns win, the Warriors beat the Utah Jazz.
"These last two games have been so important for us," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I think they're the two teams with the best record in the league, and tonight felt like a playoff game. ... [Phoenix] came out with a great game plan to take the ball out of Steph's hands, so for us to be able to withstand a great team, playing with a lead, bottling up Steph pretty well, for us to be able to stay with it and come back and finish out the win is just fantastic."