The Golden State Warriors were taken down by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night, losing a nail-biter of a game, 107-103.
It was a tough loss for the Warriors, especially since they have now fallen to fourth place in the Western Conference and are fighting as hard as they can to rebound and climb up the standings again before the postseason begins.
But even though they lost, Warriors player Draymond Green had reason to celebrate.
Draymond: “We don’t do moral victories around here, but I think we found ourselves tonight.”
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Following the loss, Green said, “We don’t do moral victories around here, but I think we found ourselves tonight.”
What is Green talking about?
Why does he feel that Thursday night’s loss was actually a good thing?
It’s vital to remember that the Warriors are lacking their biggest and most important player, Stephen Curry.
Curry is still injured and sitting on the sidelines but he is expected to be back just as the playoffs begin.
The Warriors were well aware that they’d probably lose a few games without Curry and that’s exactly what’s been happening.
But the fact they were able to keep it so close against the Suns without Curry is actually quite impressive.
Just imagine how different things could have been if Curry was playing against Phoenix.
A four-point Suns lead could have been erased by just a couple of shots from Curry.
Green sees the team performing as best as they can without Curry, reading one another, and playing well as a unit.
This is definitely good news because it means when Curry comes back, he will be joining a team that is in the best shape possible and ready to step back up with him at the helm.
The Suns and Warriors might meet again in the playoffs and Green feels certain things will end differently when Curry has returned.