The Golden State Warriors just finished a 5-0 road trip by beating the defending champion Miami Heat in their own arena, and Michigan State and Saginaw High grad Draymond Green was a big reason why. Green, as you see above, hit the game-winning shot for the Warriors, who improved to 15-7 (fifth best in the NBA Western Conference).
But more impressive than the shot was Green’s efforts helping Golden State get to that point. Green, who has earned the trust of coach Mark Jackson for doing exactly what his critics said he couldn’t do at the NBA level — defend NBA wings, just spent most of his 30 minutes defending the best player on the planet, LeBron James. James was still James and had a great game, but Green was physical with him, stayed in front of him and his intelligence helps make the Warriors as a unit a much better defensive team, even without their best defensive player, injured center Andrew Bogut.