Reasons the Warriors should be panicking
Sure, Green is a key distributor, leading the team in assists, and hasn’t been in the lineup, but the Warriors’ issues stem far greater than just one player.
It ranges from two-time MVP Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson to Otto Porter Jr. and even to Andrew Wiggins. Many of these players have struggled over the last few weeks, and the rhythm just isn’t there.
Prior to their game against the Clippers, the Warriors had also given up over 120 points in each of their last 4 games.
Green’s importance defensively can not be understated, but there’s no reason the Dubs dropped from first on the season in defensive efficiency to 16th in the month of February. Their shooting and defending just haven’t been at an acceptable level and that should be concerning.
Drop in standings
The Warriors dropped to the third seed in the Western Conference. Gaining that traction back without Green over the next week won’t be easy.
Even with Green back in the lineup, chasing a surging Grizzlies is easier said than done. Golden State has the second-best home record in the NBA, and having that second-round playoff series being guaranteed to have home-court advantage is highly important.