Despite having huge game, as well as from three of his fellow starters, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green downplayed it and gave credit to their fans instead, as well as JaVale McGee, for firing up the team in Game 1 on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old Michigan State product finished the game with an impressive stat line of 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and five blocks. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, on the other hand, combined for 76 points, to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 121-109.
In the post game press conference, Green discussed what kind of energy their home fans gave them during the game. He also added that McGee set the tone for the Dubs early on, which they were able to sustain throughout the match.
"Our crowd brought it from the beginning to the end."
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 17, 2017
As expected, Oracle Arena was once again sold out and filled with their supporters, willing their team to victory. Their home court has been called “the Roaracle” in the past for the decibel levels their fans produce during their games, and it was no different on Sunday afternoon.
With the Dubs finishing with the best record in the regular season, they will have home court advantage throughout the postseason, including the Finals, should they make it that far. Their fans have fueled their strong run in the past few seasons, and if they’ll be able to cheer like how they did last night, the Warriors’ home floor will continue to become a very difficult place for visiting teams to win at, and could be the difference for them to win their second championship in three years.