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Draymond Green reacts to Markieff Morris saying Warriors are ‘beatable’

The Golden State Warriors have not been their usual dominant selves this season, but Draymond Green disagrees with Oklahoma City Thunder forward Markieff Morris’ assertion that the two-time defending champions are suddenly “beatable.”

Last week, Morris argued the Warriors lack their trademark “air of invincibility” this season and appear vulnerable.

“Teams are figuring out how to play them different, and they definitely are,” Morris told The Athletic’s Sam Amick. “Even with [DeMarcus] Cousins, I think they’re a lot more beatable than they were in the past.”

Interestingly, Morris’ comments came a few days before the Thunder suffered a 110-88 shellacking at the hands of the Warriors. Afterward, Green reacted to the notion the Warriors come across as less intimidating this season.

“People want to make themselves believe that we’re beatable, and I don’t blame anyone for that,” Green told Amick after Saturday’s lopsided win over the Thunder. “You should believe that we’re beatable and that you can beat us. But at the end of the day, in a seven-game series, you’ve got to go out four times and prove that. And until someone proves that, they can think what they want.”

While it’s fair to point out the Warriors are not running roughshod over the competition this season, the team is nevertheless tied with the Denver Nuggets atop the Western Conference with both teams sporting 47-22 records.

Following Monday’s 111-105 loss to the Spurs, the Warriors are 6-6 in their last 12 games. Such an average stretch is foreign territory for a team that is accustomed to imposing its will upon the rest of the league, not only in the playoffs, but over the course of entire seasons.

The Warriors without question have navigated an up-and-down season that saw its fair share of drama — especially early on with the Durant-Green dustup and feud — but it would be foolish to underestimate a team with so much talent and an unparalleled championship pedigree.

There’s a reason there’s an old saying that warns against waking a sleeping giant, and with the postseason looming, there’s a good chance the Warriors will soon enough stir from their regular-season slumber.