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Draymond Green reveals silver lining from suspension amid Warriors’ rise

The Golden State star looked at the positives that came from his suspension earlier this season.

The Golden State Warriors topped the Utah Jazz 129-107 on Monday night to win their fifth consecutive game and moved back above .500 on the season.

Warriors forward Draymond Green nearly had a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists. He also did his best Steph Curry impression with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from nearly halfcourt:

After the game, Green talked about the Warriors returning to their winning ways and how his suspension earlier in the season for hitting Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic in the face may have had a silver lining, per Warriors on NBCS:

Said the Warriors star, “Honestly, I think me getting suspended helped in a weird way. Because, number one, since I got suspended [Jonathan Kuminga] has taken off. And that has kind of set the stage for this team. Bona fide number two option on our team. And so, now you’ve got different things, you’re able to figure out different things you can go to, our offense doesn’t look the exact same like it used to look. We’ve got different things that we’re going to. You’re able to find different combinations that work. It’s just been kind of plug and play since then.”

The Warriors have been playing better since the suspension, but Green is also quick to point out that it still wasn’t good that he was suspended, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic:

Up next for the Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night before they play the Jazz on the road again Thursday.

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Peter Sampson has been covering all things sports (with a focus on the Portland Trail Blazers) for more than a decade, most recently hosting “The Pulse with Peter Sampson” in Afternoon Drive for 750 The Game. Prior to that, he hosted an NBA wrap-up show that aired immediately at the conclusion of every Trail Blazers game. Peter had previous stops at Blazer’s Edge and XRAY.FM – where his show “Blazer’s Edge Radio” was named “Portland’s Best Sports Radio” in the 2017 Willamette Week reader’s poll. When he’s not telling the stories of your favorite sports team, Peter can be found recording the next garage rock classic in his basement studio, whipping up an authentic Italian meal in the kitchen, or trying to figure out the appeal of Minecraft with his 9-year-old son in the living room.

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