OAKLAND, Calif. — Not much can dent Draymond Green’s confidence. Certainly not the Golden State Warriors’ 123-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
During his postgame media session, Green, the All-Star forward, took a question about injuries that have depleted the Warriors and mapped out the team’s path to a third straight championship.
“… no one cares if guys are hurt,” he told reporters. “Everybody wants to see us lose. So I’m sure people are happy they’re hurt.
“We just got to continue to battle and win the next game, go back to Toronto, win Game 5, come back to Oracle (Arena), win Game 6 and then celebrate. Fun times ahead.”
Green broke into a smile as he finished talking, but there was no indication he was joking about the scenario.
There you have it, from a 2-1 deficit heading into Game 4 on Friday night to a series-clinching victory at Oracle Arena on June 13.
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Green’s disposition was less sunny when asked if by holding out guard Klay Thompson Wednesday because of a strained hamstring amounted to sacrificing Game 3. Thompson is expected to play in Game 4 and the Warriors have not ruled out playing Kevin Durant either.
“You don’t sacrifice a Finals game to be healthy for the next one, because anything can happen,” he said. “But at the same time you do have to be smart. We would much rather have Klay for the rest of the series than putting him out there and losing him and then nothing. So no one sacrificed the game.”
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