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Draymond Green’s suspension “not an excuse” for Warriors’ loss

Last night, the Golden State Warriors were unable to secure their back-to-back NBA Finals victory, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 112-97. The two teams will travel back to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland to play Game 6 on Thursday.

Much of the Warriors’ loss could be due to the absence of their key starting power forward. Draymond Green‘s suspension loomed over the Warriors organization going into Game 5, but his teammates believe they could have ended this war without his help.

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“Draymond does a little bit of everything,” commented Klay Thompson after the loss. “Obviously his playmaking, his communication, and his heart and soul. It’s not an excuse, though.”

“We weren’t very good defensively,” added head coach Steve Kerr. “We knew we were without Draymond, so there’s no point in harping on that. We had to play better, and we didn’t.”

Playing better is all the Warriors can hope to do going into Game 6. Although they will have Green back, the team needs to get their footing back on the offensive side if they want to close out the Cavs at their home. Throughout Game 5, the Warriors attempted 42 3-point shots, but only 14 landed. These wasted opportunities to put more points on the board came back to bite Golden State by the final buzzer.

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