Steph Curry, Draymond Green lobbied Steve Kerr to start JaMychal Green

Steph, Draymond lobbied Kerr to start JaMychal for sick Loon originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

JaMychal Green got the surprise start in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday at Chase Center, thanks in part to Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

In the latest episode of the "Draymond Green Show," the 33-year-old forward revealed how Warriors coach Steve Kerr came to the decision to start JaMychal Green over a sick Kevon Looney in Golden State's 127-100 win over Los Angeles.

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"We had a conversation with coach, coach asked me and Steph what do we think as far as who's starting, we were both like, 'Yeah, J-Mike for sure,' " Draymond Green explained. "J-Mike gonna bring some toughness, he obviously can space the floor, he played the last game so he kind of got the feel of the series already. J-Mike for sure."

And JaMychal Green did not disappoint.

In his 12:32 of action, the stretch forward poured in 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and hit three of his six 3-point attempts. He also dished out two assists and grabbed one rebound in his spot start.

Before his 15-point performance against the Lakers in Game 2, the last time JaMychal Green scored in double figures was against the Philadelphia 76ers on March 24, when he scored 12 points in just over 13 minutes of action.


Despite playing less than 13 minutes as a starter Thursday, Draymond Green believes that JaMychal Green's impact goes beyond the stat sheet.

"We needed J-Mike, he brought the physicality from the gate, which we needed to meet force with force in starting this game -- he brought a physicality and he knocked shots down," Draymond Green added. "And we all know how capable he is in shooting the basketball -- he was huge tonight -- we're going to continue to need him as this series goes on.

"J-Mike was huge for us, I'm happy he had the game that he had and most importantly, I'm happy he stayed locked in ... True professional, way to stay locked in J-Mike, that was huge."

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As the Warriors head down to Southern California for two games against the Lakers, Golden State's coaching staff has to be happy knowing they have another tool they can use to stretch the floor, if needed.

And it's all thanks to JaMychal Green making the most of the opportunity that Draymond Green and Curry helped give him.

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