Warriors' Draymond Green: Steph Curry and I 'Got a Lot More Hell to Cause'

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVMay 22, 2021

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, is congratulated by teammate Draymond Green during the first half of an NBA basketball Western Conference play-in game against the Memphis Grizzlies in San Francisco, Friday, May 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green foresees teaming up with Stephen Curry for a long time to come.

After the Warriors fell 117-112 to the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime of Friday's postseason play-in game, leaving them out of the playoff field, Green said the following about himself and Curry, per ESPN's Nick Friedell: "We got a lot more hell to cause. A lot. Looking forward to it."

According to Mark Medina of USA Today, Green also said he expects to have involvement in Golden State's roster moves during the offseason: "I expect to be extremely involved. That's the way it gotta be."

Green added that it will be a collaborative effort between himself, Curry, Klay Thompson, the coaching staff and the front office.

After Golden State finished with the worst record in the NBA last season, falling one win short of the playoffs this season represents huge improvement for the Warriors, even if the end of their season was disappointing.

Green and Curry have been teammates with the Warriors since 2012 when Green broke into the league, and they have experienced a ton of success together.

From 2015 to 2019, the Warriors reached five consecutive NBA Finals and won three championships, and the duo of Green and Curry played a huge role in those victories.

They also got plenty of help from Thompson, who has missed the past two seasons because of injuries, and Kevin Durant, who has since left Golden State to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, but Green and Curry have been constants.

The Warriors took a big step forward this season, as they went from the worst team in the NBA in 2019-20 to a near-playoff team in 2020-21.

Curry's return had essentially everything to do with that, as he led the NBA in scoring with 32.0 points per game and put up MVP-caliber numbers after missing all but five games because of a wrist injury last season.

There is plenty of reason for optimism with regard to the Warriors in 2021-22 and beyond because of the continued partnership between Green and Curry, as well as the potential return of Thompson from a torn Achilles.

On top of that, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall have a chance to continue making strides as supporting cast members.

Any team with a healthy Curry is a dangerous one, and if the key players around him can stay healthy next season as well, the Warriors have a chance to return to contention.