Draymond Green-Jordan Poole fight still affecting Warriors, Greg Anthony says

It seems that repercussions from Draymond Green’s punch on Jordan Poole are still being felt by the workforce over a month later.

After the Warriors’ 130-119 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Footprint Center, former NBA guard Greg Anthony shared why he believes the Warriors have struggled so mightily to begin the 2022-23 NBA season.

“I am going again to when all of the craziness began with Draymond and Poole,” Anthony instructed Dennis Scott. “I still firmly imagine, sure they’ve sturdy management of their locker room and of their entrance workplace.

“But that could be a seminal second for me, by way of when that stuff will get out within the public and it is there for all to see. It hits in a different way.”

Anthony added that he believes the Warriors are still coping with the consequences of Green’s punch, regardless of the workforce selecting to not droop the 32-year-old for his actions.

Also, whereas Golden State will say the “proper issues” to the media, the previous guard urged followers watch intently how the Warriors play in an effort to perceive that one thing is off with the workforce.

“This will not be a cohesive unit, they do not appear to have the identical degree of fireplace or confidence, significantly on the defensive finish and the remainder of the league is licking their chops,” Anthony continued. “They’re wanting ahead to enjoying them now — that was by no means the case with the Warriors.”

The Warriors — at 6-9 by means of 15 video games — have gotten off to one of many worst begins by a defending champion in NBA historical past and are 0-8 on the street thus far.

While the Warriors’ often stout protection has been porous to begin the season, the general inconsistency displayed by the workforce, aside from Steph Curry, has plagued Golden State and has made the workforce look extra weak. So a lot in order that coach Steve Kerr mentioned that opposing groups cannot wait to play the Warriors and “kick our ass.”

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Did Green’s punch trigger all the issues Golden State is coping with? No.

But it is vital to notice that whereas the Warriors won’t outwardly say that the punch induced the workforce to stumble out of the gate, nobody can deny that it did affect how the workforce performed.

What the complete impact of that altercation is, stays to be seen.

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