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Why the Draymond Green is a “different” Warriors’ bench hitch for the breed

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As Warriors coach Steve Kerr Tries different courses In search of a winning formula, the players involved are still adjusting to each other, too.

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And with a bench marked by youthful inexperience, veteran forward Draymond Green knows Golden State overcome this new hurdle It can take time.

“It’s a lot different,” Green told Bleacher Report reporter Chris Haynes after the Warriors’ loss to the Sacramento Kings Sunday night. “For the most part, when we come off the bench, we’ve had older statesmen [in years past]. Someone who would come off the bench, slow things down and right the ship.

“It’s different now.”

Just last year, the Warriors’ second unit boasted veteran talent like Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II and Nemanja Bjelica, to name a few. While the juniors were Jonathan Cuminga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman who was Assigned to the G League on TuesdayThey all have promising potential, there is an understanding that comes with playing for years in the NBA.

The Warriors lost much of that experience in free agency this offseason, but the team did sign two new additions, JaMychal Green and Donte DiVincenzo, who they hoped could help fill that void.

Last season’s star, 23-year-old Jordan Paul, is off to a slow start to the 2022-23 NBA season after signing a lucrative contract extension this offseason. But a 36-point outing on Monday night 132-95 win over the San Antonio Spurs Show flashes of Steph Curry that last year’s team were so familiar with – that’s something this unit needs to tweak going forward.

“The reality is that the first person to come off the bench is usually him [Poole], and JP is a sixth writer,” Green-Hines told. “That feels different. And I believe [past second units] It was a different crime, but the same, and we have to figure it out.

“We need to understand that what you’re used to when Steve comes out of the game and the attack changes and there’s more combinations. But with Jordan it’s still the same as what you get with Steve and I think the players have to adapt to that and it took a while to adjust to that.” .

When asked in September if this second unit It could be better than last seasonKerr described the current Warriors’ bench with the same word Green would use nearly two months later: different.

Kerr said: “We’ll see. I thought the second unit last year was very special. [Porter] And the [Payton] She had great seasons. [Bjelica] He did some great things for us. It’s definitely a different look, but I like the level of talent.

Ben Musa, c. [Wiseman]And the [Poole]We have a lot of guys with great abilities. But ability must be matched by knowledge and understanding of the game. This is the real challenge for all these young people.”

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Kerr’s challenge this season has been finding a combination that clicks on the field.

Anthony Lamb has been another bright spot off the bench, earning more minutes with his play in recent matches and seeing action in each of the Warriors’ last five contests. Golden State is 3-2 in that period and 6-8 in the season, though it’s still winless on the road.

But Green isn’t overly concerned with how long it might take for the rest of the second unit to adjust because he understands the process — courtesy of the seasoned knowledge and understanding mentioned by Kerr.

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