Sometimes insomnia leads to good things.
Warriors star Draymond Green struggled to sleep after a sloppy Game 3 loss against the Pelicans, so he stayed up watching film. Kevin Durant caught Green's eye, so he sent his teammate an early-morning pick-me-up.
"I just challenged him to be who he is. I had to tell him," Green said, via ESPN . "I didn't see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be. You know, I don't hold back. When I see something's wrong, I have to voice my opinion. There were no hard feelings. We're just trying to win a ballgame."
Durant got the message, scoring a game-high 38 points in a 118-92 Game 4 win Sunday to put Golden State up 3-1 in the series.
"In short, [Draymond] said don't worry about s- else but playing with force and being aggressive," Durant said. "And I tried to do that as much as possible today. I wasn't aggressive in Game 3 and I knew that. It's good to know that teammates got your back. It was good to hear that from him."
Even though the Warriors have plenty of offensive weapons, Durant proved last season, during a dominant playoff run leading to an NBA championship, his ability to score directly affects Golden State.
"What we saw from him today, that's what we need," Green said. "He was engaged and scoring all over the place. He was changing the game. That's the impact he has when he's playing aggressive out there for us. That's what I love seeing."