Warriors' Draymond Green curiously omits Jordan Poole's name when previewing Game 5 vs. Lakers on podcast
Warriors' Draymond Green curiously omits Jordan Poole's name when previewing Game 5 vs. Lakers on podcast
Draymond Green adds fuel to speculation of continued feud with Jordan Poole

The Warriors' title defense is in jeopardy as they face a 3-1 series deficit to the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. And to make matters worse, there may be some unrest in the locker room.

Ahead of the season, a training camp altercation between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole put a strain on the relationship between the two, as Green was ultimately disciplined for punching Poole during practice. Nearly seven months later, a clip from "The Draymond Green" show has caused many to wonder if the two ever truly patched things up.

"Klay [Thompson] will play better, I have no doubt in mind. I will play better," Green said following Golden State's Game 4 loss to LA. "Steph [Curry] had an incredible game — expect more of the same or even more from him. And everybody else will play great."

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And this is the part where it gets interesting.

"Moses Moody's been giving us great minutes, Donte [DiVincenzo] gave us some good minutes last night, [Gary Payton II] gave great minutes, [Kevon Looney] when he was in there, [Andrew Wiggins] was aggressive — listen, I'm living with it, and we just didn't make the plays we needed to make down the stretch to win the game.

"We'll make those plays, I have no doubt in my mind."

If you're keeping track, Green listed eight of the 10 Warriors that played in Game 4, himself included. The omissions? JaMychal Green, who only played two minutes in the game, and Poole, who was the only player that saw 10 or more minutes of playing time but did not get a mention in the clip.

Can’t help but notice Draymond left somebody out. 👀 pic.twitter.com/bu4rypN5s4

— Richard Staple, BSN, RN🇯🇲 (@RichStapless) May 9, 2023

Game 4 was a forgettable one for Poole. He missed all four of his shot attempts and, in addition to going scoreless, committed two turnovers in his limited time on the floor. 

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After averaging 20.4 points per game during the regular season, Poole's postseason averages have plummeted to 10.5 points per game on 34.2 percent shooting from the field and 27.8 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Following Golden State's Game 4 loss, NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke described a tense locker room scene in which a frustrated Poole fielded questions with his back turned to reporters, saying things like "I don't know" regarding his shot and "if I knew, I would tell you."

.@KerithBurke describes a tension-filled locker room when Jordan Poole talked to the media pic.twitter.com/VCWpciaq3C

— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 9, 2023

The struggles are especially notable for Poole, who did open the series by scoring 21 points while shooting 6-of-11 from 3-point range in Game 1, though his deep 3-pointer with a chance to tie the game drew the ire and criticism of many.

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To be fair, Draymond Green was one of the few people to come to Poole's defense, saying he liked the shot and that Poole didn't deserve blame. Perhaps Green's omission was an honest mistake. Perhaps he is fed up with Poole's regression as the series progresses.

Regardless of the reasoning behind it, Golden State will need all hands on deck in order to stave off elimination when it faces LA in Game 5 of the West Semifinals on Wednesday night.

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