Draymond Green: 'Teams are trying to punk' the Warriors

ByChris Haynes ESPN logo
Monday, October 31, 2016

PHOENIX --Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said teams are being more physical with them this season.

"Teams are trying to punk us, [but] it's fine," Green said after the Warriors defeated the Phoenix Suns 106-100on Sunday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. "We're not going to get punked."

Green didn't mention a particular team or player to whom he might have been referring. He hasn't been involved in any physical altercations through the first three games. The scouting report on the Warriors the past few seasons has been to rough them up and hope they wear down as the game goes on.

There was one physical exchange in the second quarter. Warriors guard Stephen Curry drained a 3-pointer from the right wing, and Suns reserve guard Brandon Knight bumped him from behind, sending Curry crashing to the floor.

It should have been a four-point play, but the official didn't blow his whistle. An irate Curry got up and pushed Knight into the front-row seats as the Suns attempted to get out on a fast break. Curry was called for a personal foul.

Kevin Durant picked up a technical foul in Friday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans when he shoved guard Lance Stephenson to the hardwood. Apparently, Stephenson was being too aggressive in guarding him.

Durant was asked Sunday if he has heard of any extra jawing from opponents since he joined the Warriors.

"I haven't heard nothing yet from nobody, but yeah, they're going to come at us physically," Durant said. "We took it tonight. That team was pressuring us to try to get us out of our stuff. We kept moving, we had a nice pace, we got stops and ran and got good looks all night. You can talk all you want. You still got to play."

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