How Draymond Green Helped Make Kevin Durant's Move to Golden State Happen

by Steven Clarke June 12, 2017, 10:58

The Warriors entered the game mindful of what had happened against the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the finals last season.

Golden State still leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 with game five set for Monday in Oakland, California. "Their team (in Golden State) was already kind of put together, and you just implement a guy that's ready to sacrifice, a great talent, a guy that's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win".

Last year, the Cavaliers went 3-0 SU and ATS when facing elimination to come from behind to defeat the Warriors. Fueled by the outburst, the Cavs went on a 12-2 run capped by a three-pointer from Love and dunk by 36-year-old Richard Jefferson, who earlier in the day said he and his teammates would approach the 3-0 deficit like a marathon, "one step at a time". They became the first team to triumph after falling into a 3-1 finals deficit when they beat the Warriors in seven games previous year.

They spoke openly of their desire to beat Jordan's 72-win team in 1996, but this time have downplayed the importance of 16-0. He just had to come in and just do what he had to do. "We're going to keep competing", Lue said.

What team could realistically knock off these Warriors, and how long will it take? "Why not?" James said. Of the 12 previous teams to own 3-0 leads in The Finals, eight completed the sweep in Game 4.

In a DraftKings video last summer, Green said that he didn't begin recruiting Durant until July 1, which is when National Basketball Association teams can officially start negotiating with free agents. They won a championship, and a year ago it was the greatest regular-season team we had played, probably one of the best postseason teams that everybody's ever seen as well, but we were just able to overcome that. Thompson sank six three-pointers in Game 3 on his way to 30 points, and despite facing foul trouble almost all game, Green pitched in his well-rounded eight points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. He had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and now has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland.

The discouraging fact for the Cavaliers is that the team can't get much more out of its two best players.

"I think it's part of my calling to just go against teams in the midst of a dynasty", he said. "I think I said it last night, it just looks like he understands this is his moment, this is his time".

But Draymond Green said Golden State is eager to end this one back in the Bay. As this was being sorted out, Todd Leebow, a friend of James who was sitting with the three-time champion's business partners, got involved in an argument with Golden State's bench and was asked to leave.

"My mindset is to try to get every game".

The 49-point quarter was the highest-scoring quarter in any playoff game since 1991, when the Warriors had 49 points in the fourth quarter of a 130-121 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "We just want a championship and I think we are very capable of finishing flawless". "I definitely learned a lot from him as far as his base of his jump shot, his balance in the pick-and-roll, his ball handling, just all the skills that you see within the player". There will be a three-minute stretch where the Warriors incredible defense shuts the Cavs down, everything Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson throw up from 28 feet falls, and it will push the Warriors to an 8-10 point lead.

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