Playoffs Draymond Green has been activated.
Five games into the Golden State Warriors’ second-round series against the Houston Rockets, Green’s averaging 14.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists per game. He’s also shooting a sizzling 58 percent from the field. Green’s already posted two triple-doubles so far this postseason, the most of his career.
Green’s minutes, points, rebounds, assists and shooting percentage are all way up during this year’s playoffs. One reason for the improvement? He played most of the regular season about 25 pounds heavier than he would’ve liked due to a lax diet and nagging lower-body injuries. He’s since shed the weight, and it’s paying dividends on the court.
“I knew I wasn’t in good shape (for most of the regular season),” the three-time All-Star recently told The Athletic. “But I also know if anybody knows how to get in shape and get in shape quick, I know how. I’ve been doing it all my life.” Green kicked off his weight loss regimen—which includes no alcohol or fried foods in addition to a heavy dose of calorie-torching workouts—on March 6th. By mid-April, he’d dropped 23 pounds.
“It makes all the difference,” Green recently told The Mercury News of his weight loss. “All year, I don’t think I was in great shape at all…I feel great out there. I think it’s showing in my play.”
Classes at SoulCycle have likely played a key role in Green’s body transformation. He’s a devoted fan of their spinning classes, as he posted a photo from the chain’s West Hollywood location during the Warriors’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. We’re sure the team prefers that to him dragging their stationary bikes into the sauna—something Green actually did earlier in his career in an effort to shed unwanted pounds.
However, Green’s said he consulted with the Warriors’ strength and conditioning team during his most recent weight-loss process to ensure he’d maintain his strength while slimming down. That’s been vital for Green this postseason, as he’s been asked to play a lot of center rather than his usual power forward. The results have certainly been encouraging so far, and if the Warriors are to make their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance, Green will again be a big reason why.
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