Golden State Warriors guard Draymond Green won’t have his No. 22 on the sign outside Oracle Arena Saturday night. In between praising the team for their performance and celebrating its seventh NBA championship in franchise history, he will be one of the players who againststood down to help another team win a game.
Green knows his team is not favored when it takes on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. But the Warriors guard thinks the locals’ brand of basketball — Golden State basketball — makes them seem more like a surprise team.
“Yeah, it doesn’t help you at all,” Green said at a news conference Wednesday. “As you saw [Tuesday] night, they really don’t play anyone that we’ve played against. We’ve played some good teams, but they’re definitely a different kind of team. They can fly out of the gates, and they are a fast team. They can pound the ball inside to one, and they can’t get enough guys to penetrate as a team, and they struggle as a team as a whole. So, we definitely don’t underestimate them. And that’s just a mentality that we have, and we try to play the same way.”
Green said the Warriors were comfortable playing without Durant, their best player, while shooting 28 percent in Game 2. While the Lakers handled the Warriors’ big guys before Green moved to the bench in the fourth quarter, it may not be enough to stop them against their man-to-man defense.