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Draymond becomes the first NBA player to record an improbable double-double

Draymond becomes the first NBA player to record an improbable double-double originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

Draymond Green isn’t the same scorer he used to be, but his impact on the court for the Warriors remains undeniable.

Both statements proved true in Golden State’s 114-109 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night at Chase Center, where Green became the first NBA player to record a double-double without taking a single shot, according to StatMuse .

Green finished Friday’s game with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block, while of course scoring zero points. The strange double-double came just two games after Green’s scoring outburst against the Los Angeles Lakers, when he scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from behind the 3-point line.

While the four-time NBA champion didn’t go lights out (or shoot at all) against the Pelicans, Green left his mark on the game in other ways.

After the loss, Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Green’s effort, citing it as one of the main reasons Golden State was able to stay in the game.

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“I don’t care if Draymond shoots or not,” Kerr told reporters. “He does everything else. He was unbelievable tonight. His defense was so good, his competitiveness. I thought our guys in the second half, the way they fought, it was great just to see the competitive spirit and the energy .”

“These guys, you know, they’ve been doing it for twelve, fifteen years, winning championships and playing well into June. Here we are fighting for the play-in, and these guys are Hall of Famers, and you see the effort they gave , the struggle to get back into the game, to give ourselves a chance.

“It is beautiful.”

Green, despite the ups and downs he has endured during the 2023-2024 NBA season, is the heartbeat of the Warriors and is a difference-maker when he is on the floor. It was clear Friday, and Golden State will need the same effort from Green in the postseason, with the team locked in an NBA Play-In Tournament berth.

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But for now, Green and the Warriors are focused on their regular-season finale against the Utah Jazz on Sunday — and potentially moving up to the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

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