Golden State Warriors star center Draymond Green blasted his team's effort a loss to the Orlando Magic. Even though the Warriors were playing without star guard Stephen Curry, they entered the game as the favorites to beat the Magic.
Instead of claiming a routine win over one of the worst teams in the NBA, the Warriors suffered a 94-90 loss. It was the third consecutive loss for the Warriors and Green sounded off on his team after the game. "I think we're playing soft," Green said after the loss to the Magic, as qupted on ESPN.
"We're playing stupid. We're just not playing good basketball and we're getting punked. It's hard to win a game getting punked. So that's where we are right now." Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wasn't happy either, stating that the team needs to be smarter and that there needs to be a certain level of competitive desire.
"We have to be smarter," Kerr said. "There has to be a level of discipline and accountability, of competitive desire. And, I know these are great guys. I love these guys. I know they want to win. But we have to learn how to win.
Right now we don't know how to win." Added Green: "In order to execute, that requires a certain level of physicality. We're not meeting that."
Green: No excuses, the Curry absence changes nothing
Last Wednesday, Curry suffered a foot injury.
Fortunately, the Warriors caught a break as the MRI results showed it's not a major injury. The hope is that Curry could maybe return for the last few games of the regular season. "This has zero to do with Steph," Green said.
"Steph doesn't bring that level of physicality to the game, nor should he. That's not his job." Green didn't want to be disrespectful to the Magic but stated that it's unacceptable for the Warriors to be losing to "one of the worst teams in the NBA."
"No disrespect to the Orlando Magic, but that's one of the worst teams in the league. We can't match that with them," Green said. "And if you can't match that with them, you definitely can't match that going against a great team."
"I don't care who is out there. You can go to the park and be outmatched but you don't get punked ... that's what we're doing."