The Golden State Warriors are just one win away from advancing into the NBA finals for the fifth straight season, all thanks to Draymond Green. He’s been the X-factor in this series and has brought back the original Warriors big 3.
Head Coach Steve Kerr always said that Draymond is the heartbeat of this team. Whenever Golden State needed him the most in this postseason, Draymond has never been better. Take Game 3 as an example. Green finished the match with his third triple-double of the postseason with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Take a step back and look at a snapshot of his success. In the four games that Kevin Durant has been sidelined from injury, Green has averaged 14 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.8 assists while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. During the regular season, he averaged 7.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.9 assists. These are all just stats, but his main strength that Green brings to the table is his leadership and his efforts in changing the momentum of games. And he can change a game in a snap.
On the Blazers side, there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered. Both star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum need to find their shot as both players are shooting below 40 percent for the series. The Blazers need at least one of them to get rolling to have a chance tonight. But as the ESPN team stated on Saturday night, this Blazers team already look defeated. Their spark has been lost in the tidal wave that is the Golden State Warriors.
Catch you Thursday.