Draymond Green still wary of ‘resilient’ Blazers despite Warriors’ 3-0 series lead
The Golden State Warriors may hold a 3-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers, but they understand that they have to go out and close the job against a team that battled tooth and nail just to get to the Western Conference Finals.
Warriors forward Draymond Green spoke about the Warriors’ need to have a sense of urgency and desire in Game 4. He also warned his teammates not to take the Blazers lightly
“We know this team is, they’re a very resilient group,” Green said of the Blazers, per to Nick Friedell of ESPN. “They’re not going to lay down. They have great leadership in Dame [Damian Lillard] and C.J. [McCollum] and they’re going to come out and continue to play, and play with the force that they can play with. It’s on us to make sure we can play with the right mindset and focus, that we know what it takes to close out a series, especially on the road.”
It may be reasonable to suggest that this series should have actually swung in Portland’s favor. The Blazers had multiple 18-point leads in both Games 2 and 3, but instead squandered those leads as the Warriors came surging back both times.
Green and Stephen Curry have been unstoppable in the pick-and-roll, while both Lillard and McCollum are shooting below 40 percent from the field. Portland has failed to get key buckets when they have needed them, while Golden State has gone to their bread-and-butter sets time after time.