Draymond Green says Warriors 'still very fragile' but turning corner

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The vibe around the Warriors has completely changed since their 1-5 road trip concluded with a 30-point loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 21, but that doesn't mean they are out of the danger zone just yet.

Two days after the Warriors lost to the Nets at Barclays Center to drop their record to 15-18, Draymond Green told reporters following practice that the team was "very fragile."

Two weeks later, after a five-game winning streak to begin an eight-game homestand, the Warriors are in a better spot and Green is cautiously optimistic.

"Now I said a couple weeks ago in my interview that we're very fragile right now," Green said on "The Draymond Green Show, which was recorded Wednesday and released Thursday morning. "And don't get it twisted, it's still super fragile. It's not that 'Oh, something's going on with the team.' No, these seasons, this is the NBA, it's very fragile. Building something great, it's very fragile. Anyone who has ever built anything great will tell you all it takes is one wrong thing to tear the whole thing down. And so it's still very fragile but we're working through that and it's starting to turn that corner for us."

Riding high after winning the first five games of the homestand, the Warriors were brought back down to earth by the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night as Saddiq Bey hit a buzzer-beater.

But that winning streak, combined with losses by other Western Conference teams Thursday has allowed the Warriors to jump all the way up to the No. 6 seed entering their game against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center on Saturday night.

Green believes the tide is turning for the Warriors as they figure out what type of team this year's squad will be.

"Over the last five games, I think this team is truly starting to build an identity," Green said on his podcast. "And every great team has an identity. When you walk in the gym, you know that team is going to do X, Y and Z. We haven't had that all year. We have not had an identity and it takes time to build an identity, some longer than others. I think we're starting to build an identity and that is huge, being that we're missing Steph Curry, we're missing Andrew Wiggins, we're missing Andre Iguodala, we're missing JaMychal Green, we're missing James Wiseman, we're missing Jonathan Kuminga.

"When those guys come back in and you've built an identity, then that allows you to [take off]. And we're right in the position to do that. I think we're four, four and a half games out of first place, which is crazy in itself that we are that close to first place, and quite frankly, we've been awful this year. That's a bit exciting, if you will, for us because now that we're starting really to right the ship, you still have a chance at everything you could possibly want to do."

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The Warriors close out the homestand against the Magic on Saturday and the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday before heading out on a tough five-game road trip that includes two back-to-backs.

The identity the Warriors are building will be tested over the next few weeks, but if they play like they have the last two weeks, they should be in good shape when Kevin Durant and Brooklyn come to town on Jan. 22.

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