Draymond Green is tired of losing.
The four-time champion and long-time Golden State Warriors forward expressed frustration after Tuesday’s 134-124 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers knocked his team down to 29-29 on the season.
“It’s now or never,” Green said postgame, according to Kendra Andrews of ESPN. “We’re .500 at the break. Middle-of-the-pack team with middle-of-the-pack stats. You’ve got to come out the break and win and do it at a high level, or you go home. … I wouldn’t be happy with that. But that will be the result if we don’t get there.”
In addition to their middling record, the Warriors rank 19th in defensive rating through nearly three-quarters of the campaign.
“Our defense isn’t very good,” Green said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “It’s kind of been the story all year, and you’ve got to do something to fix it. It has to come from within. Defense is all about will or want to defend. Defense isn’t fun. Just got to want to do it if you want to win, and we haven’t.”
While they’ve had success from the comforts of Chase Center, the club is just 7-22 away from home this season. Golden State has lost four consecutive road games, all to Western Conference foes.
Superstar Stephen Curry has missed 20 of the Warriors’ 58 contests this campaign. He’s currently sidelined with a leg injury and is expected to miss time after the All-Star break.
Golden State’s next game following the break is Feb. 23 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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