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Draymond Green believes his suspension helped Warriors

Throughout much of the season, the Golden State Warriors struggled to find their way.

However, the Warriors appeared to have found some sort of spark behind their current five-game winning streak, which has finally put them above a .500 record for the first time since Dec. 23.

Golden State has also done it convincingly, with three straight road wins by at least 20 points, marking the second time in team history.

With the Warriors finally hitting their stride, Draymond Green voiced that his suspension could have been a jumping-off point for the team to get on the right track.

“I think me getting suspended helped in a weird way,” Green said after Monday’s game via ESPN. “Not that I wanted to get suspended, but I do think that helped us find different things we can go to and explore.”

Green missed 16 straight games due to his indefinite suspension for hitting Phoenix Suns big man Jusuf Nurkic in the face. His absence forced the Warriors to mix and match different lineups to see what works best.

That has led third-year forward Jonathan Kuminga to leap into the starting lineup, where he has strived as a key offensive piece.

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Kuminga is putting forth a career-best season, averaging 15.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 53.2 percent from the floor. His production truly took off with Green out in January as he averaged 20.6 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from 3-point range.

An uphill battle remains ahead, but the Warriors are trending in the right direction.

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