The Golden State Warriors had a heck of a time with the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Taking down the Joel Embiid-less squad at Oracle wasn't easy, and involved a major comeback. Fortunately, the team's big three healthy players stepped up big when it mattered most.
While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both put up 20-plus point performances, Draymond Green qualifies as the real star in this one. It may not seem it as he wasn't the highest-scoring Warrior, but the reason for him taking the crown on Tuesday was because he did something no player has done since 2000.
During the 106-104 win, Green went all Chris Webber on the 76ers, posting a completely absurd stat line, as you can per the NBA's official Twitter.
Those numbers are just crazy. Scoring 20 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists is impressive enough, but adding 6 blocks and 4 steals? That's called getting it done on both ends of the floor. Green, at times, looked like the best player on the floor on Tuesday. It's pretty safe to say that without him last night, the Warriors, as 17-point favorites, may very well have suffered a huge upset loss to the 76ers.
Doing something to put yourself in the same class as a guy like Webber, who had his number retired by the Sacramento Kings, is pretty special. For what it's worth, though, Draymond only came into the league back in 2012 and has turned into a pretty special player for the Warriors.
Call him the glue that keeps the Warriors together, or their enforcer. Whatever you'd like to call him, there's no question that any player posting averages of 10.4 points, 8 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game is in the process of doing something pretty special.
Green has been a vital part of the Warriors' success over the recent years, and that's not something that's going to change moving forward. It's actually pretty easy to debate that he's one of the biggest pieces of the Warriors, due to the fact that he does the bulk of the dirty work and heavy lifting inside the paint. On the flip side, Steph Curry and Klay are the sharpshooters and playmakers, while Kevin Durant does a little bit of everything as well.
Expect to see a whole lot more of Draymond as the season gets closer to winding down and the Warriors try to hold on to that No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The San Antonio Spurs are hot on their trail, but regardless, there's little reason not to believe that the Warriors will be playing very late into the postseason as well.