Draymond Green's mindset on early 2021-22 free throw struggles

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Draymond's mindset on early-season free throw struggles originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Although his team is undefeated and looking like one of the best in the Western Conference, Draymond Green's struggles from the line have made for a frustrating start for the Warriors' forward. 

Shooting just 2-of-9 from the line in Thursday's 115-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, and 2-of-4 in the season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Green has shot just over 30 percent on charity shots through two games. 

A career 71 percent shooter from the line, Green's struggles are apparent, but not a concern quite yet.

"It was just a s----y effort. It was a s----y effort from the free throw line Tuesday and one tonight," Green said after Thursday's game. "Just gotta figure it out. I'll get back in the gym, keep putting them up. I should finish the year at (80 percent), so hopefully, these coaches will see this and start doing the Hack-a-Draymond so I can get some free points. Then I'll start hitting them.

"I'm very frustrated tonight and Tuesday." 

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Midway through the game against the Clippers, Draymond appeared to hurt his wrist on a fall under the basket. He played the remainder of the game, but did the wrist injury play a role in his struggles at the line? 

"It hurt, but it's fine," Green said. "That wasn't why I was missing those f---ing free throws. It'll be alright."

Green has never really been known for his free throw shooting, oftentimes hovering around league average each year. If he is able to finish this season at 80 percent as he hopes, it'll be the highest mark of his career minus his rookie season (81 percent) in which he started just one game. 

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