OAKLAND — Sitting at 16-2, the Golden State Warriors are once again on pace for a 73-win season. Following the team’s shoot around on Thursday morning, Draymond Green brushed aside talk of the Dubs matching their record-setting run from a season ago.
“Last year, the whole idea of doing it was just like, ‘Wow, man. This would be dope,’” Green said. “This year, I have no interest at all. I have interest in trying to get home court advantage, but not 73 wins.”
With the Warriors currently in the midst of a 12-game winning streak, Green insisted that neither he nor his teammates have any intention of punting the odd game in order to quiet the hype.
“Nobody’s running from the attention because we don’t pay attention to it anyway,” Green said. “The attention’s going to be there regardless. If we lose three in a row, the attention’s going to be there. If we lose a game, the attention’s going to be there. Attention ain’t going away. That’s not really what you run from.”
“So, we’re not going to lose any game on purpose to like hide from attention. Nobody’s doing that. That’s coward-like to me.”
The All-Star forward said his desire to win the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award is not the driving force behind his outstanding start to the season.
“I’m motivated by trying to be an anchor of what I want to be the best defense in the league,” Green said. “I think with the offensive firepower we have, if we can get up there towards the top of the league in defense, I think, personally, that would make us unbeatable.”
— After delivering a pair of game-saving blocks in the final 43 seconds of the Warriors’ Monday night win over the Atlanta Hawks, Green said his left ankle still isn’t back to 100 percent and likely won’t be for a while.