In the six games prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Draymond Green was nothing short of spectacular, averaging 14.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.9 blocks on 48.7% shooting.
In 41 minutes in Game 3, he lacked the same punch, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and four turnovers on 6-of-14 shooting, telling reporters he had to be better, especially on a night where Steph Curry went off for a playoff career-high 47 points.
"I think if I played better with the night that he [Stephen Curry] had, we would have won," Green said post-game when asked about Curry's big night.
"So we need him to continue to be aggressive like he's been, and all of us got to continue to fill in and be better. And like I said, that starts with me. If I was better, we probably would have won that game. But he was amazing tonight."
The Warriors played Game 3 without a two-time Finals MVP in Kevin Durant, a multiple-time All-Star in Klay Thompson and a key rotation player in Kevon Looney.
Green gave no excuses following the loss, emphasising that the Warriors can't afford to focus on who's missing, but rather the guys who can come in and do the job.
"So it is what it is, with the guys we got out there, we got to roll with it," Green added. "We fought tonight. We lost. We're going to fight again. I don't really see us losing too many more, though, but we're going to fight again. So it is what it is."
Despite giving up 123 points, the most in they've allowed in a Finals game on their home floor in the Steve Kerr era, the former Defensive Player of the Year remains confident the Warriors will be celebrating a championship after Game 6 at Oracle Arena.
"Not having anyone makes a difference because everyone -- when you assemble a team, everyone brings something different. But no one cares if guys are hurt. Everybody wants to see us lose. So I'm sure people are happy they're hurt," Green said.
"We just got to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto, win Game 5, come back to Oracle, win Game 6 and then celebrate. Fun times ahead."
Coach Steve Kerr said post-game that Klay Thompson is expected to return for Game 4, while Kevin Durant remains sidelined with a calf injury.
While the Warriors won't be at full strength for Game 4, which will come after only one day's rest, the matchup at Oracle has a must-win feel to it, before the series swings back to Toronto for Game 5.
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