Draymond Green gives on-brand honesty on Warriors' bad shooting in win

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Draymond gives trademark honesty on Dubs' poor shooting in win originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors didn't have a particularly great offense Wednesday night, but they still were still able to grind out a 111-107 win over the Indiana Pacers, closing out the road trip 2-2. 

Golden State shot a season-worst 19.2 percent from 3-point range, going 5-of-26. Steph Curry dropped 24 points, but netted just one 3-pointer, going 1-of-11 for the night from downtown. However, the Warriors (18-15) utilized a solid game inside the key, settling for lay-ups and jumpers as they clawed out a victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

Still, there was no doubting the team's struggles from beyond the arc. When Draymond Green was asked if he thought there was a way the Warriors could have won a game despite their atrocious 3-point shooting, he offered some insight, but eventually conceded with honesty in a way only Green can.

"Coming into this year, I knew this team had the potential to be a great defensive team," Green said to reporters on a postgame video conference. "Any team that has the potential to be a great defensive team, you'll always give yourself a chance if you are, and I think that showed tonight.

"Now, as great as all of that sounds, hell no." 

Regardless, Green -- and the Warriors -- will obviously still take the win, even if it wasn't the prettiest.

"None of us shot well tonight, and to still come in this building, against a very good Indiana Pacers team, and come out with a win on a back-to-back, after the way the road trip started ... I can't sit here and lie say I thought this where we'd be," he said.

"We still have a lot of room for growth, but this is a step in the right direction," Green added. "It was a real gutsy win for us. Like I said earlier, the great teams find a way to win these types of games."

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The Warriors will head home to Chase Center, where they hope to finally accomplish a feat that has escaped them all season. Golden State will shoot for three straight wins for the first time this season when it welcomes the Charlotte Hornets on Friday. The contest will serve as a "revenge" opportunity for Green and the Warriors, as the Hornets upended Golden State on a buzzer-beater by Terry Rozier on Saturday.

Hopefully, for the Warriors' sake, the 3-point line on their home court is a little more friendly than Indiana's.

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