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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry praises Draymond Green's leadership 'He sees everything'

The Golden State Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead, behind 36 points from Steph Curry, but it was Draymond Green who stole the headlines with his superb two-way performance.

Green played a decisive role in the Warriors overturning a 13-point half-time deficit, recording his third triple-double of the post-season with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in the 110-99 win.

Whenever the Warriors needed to stop a run, Green pushed the pace, getting multiple buckets in transition. He finished with four steals on the night and continually put the Blazers defence under pressure as he attacked the rim.

In the games biggest moments, Green stood tall, came up with big plays on both ends, earning plenty of praise from teammate Steph Curry post-game.

"In terms of just his aggression on both sides of the floor, his decisiveness....there's not a lot of big guys that can stay in front of him full steam ahead in transition," Curry said.

"It puts the defence on its heels and then on top of that he's making so many plays on the defensive end. A lot has been said of his game of late and he's been able to take it up a notch and that's what the playoffs are all about.

"He shines bright in those type of moments and he does it his way, it's awesome to see."

While Green stuffed the stat sheet on the night, his leadership impressed the most as he picked up teammates, barked orders on defence, leading by example all game.

"It's like he's got eight eyeballs, he sees everything and knows what to say at the right time," Curry added.

"I watched him talk to JB [Jordan Bell] after the missed dunk and kept him engaged, talking to coach about some certain play calls and reads, even going into the game talking about different defensive strategies and what not.

"He's just observant of everything and has just a high basketball IQ and that's just obviously his experience and the fact that he's so versatile he can do a lot of different stuff and knows how to help the team win."

Coach Kerr echoed those sentiments, praising Green's energy down the stretch.

"I don't even know what to say about Draymond, he was like a wrecking ball out there, he was just destroying everything in his path, Kerr said.

"The pace that he was generating was incredible and it just seemed like he never got tired.

"It set a tone for tonight's game, he was doing it in the first half which allowed us to kind of hang around when we weren't playing well and then he did it throughout the second half.

"It's one of the best games I've seen Draymond play."

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