PHOENIX – Even while winning two of their first three games, the Warriors clearly are off to an arrhythmic start to the season. It’s enough to embolden their opponents.
Forward Draymond Green, who notices everything, is seeing it – and feeling it.
“Definitely. Definitely, he said Sunday, after a 106-100 win over the Suns. “Teams are trying to punk us. It’s fine. We’re not going to get punked.”
Phoenix surely was extra-physical, as were San Antonio and New Orleans previously. Suns guards Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, in particular, consistently grabbed and shoved and muscled Stephen Curry.
That’s not new, but in this case it was enough to light an emotional fire under Curry, who retaliated by dropping Knight with a shove.
In an instance of verbal of aggression, Suns rookie Marquese Chriss scored over Shaun Livingston at the rim and barked in Livingston’s ear loud enough for referee Nick Buchert to hear. He immediately assessed a technical foul.
“I ain’t heard nothing yet, from nobody,” Durant said of the first three games. “They’re going to come at us physically. We took it tonight. That team was pressuring us to try to get us out of stuff. We kept moving. We had a nice pace.
“You can talk all you want. You’ve still got to play.”