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Draymond Green entered last night's game against Dallas averaging 11.4 points per game.
Against the Mavericks, he registered just two points on 1-for-6 shooting, including 0-for-4 from deep.
Sounds like a subpar performance, right?
The box score says he also contributed 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and three blocks. But even that doesn't tell the whole story.
His primary responsibility was to try and slow down Dirk Nowitzki. Mission accomplished.
The seven-foot German made just four of his 15 shots and had to work hard for everything he got.
"Heart. Heart over hype," Green said when asked how he limited Nowitzki's production. "At the end of the day, I always say 'goon up.' Just bring that dog out ... Just really try to take away his space, crowd his space and contest the shot ... just contest as hard as you can and hopefully he misses."
And miss he did.
Dallas led by as many as 22 points in the first quarter and it looked like the Warriors were headed for their third home loss of the season.
But the defense, led by Green and Iguodala, turned up the heat and started to string together multiple stops.
"Draymond is obviously the key to our defense," Kerr said. "He's also a brilliant passer. He affects the game so many ways. You look at the box score and he's 1-for-6, and somebody is gonna write that his PER wasn't that good or something, I don't know. But he wins. Draymond wins, and that's why we need him out there."
The improved defense, plus a scintillating 51-point performance from Stephen Curry, enabled the Warriors to win their 39th game of the season.