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Draymond Green Reveals Why He Hasn’t Played Like Himself Against Oklahoma City Thunder

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The Golden State Warriors on their quest to repeat as NBA champions are in the midst of their toughest challenge so far in the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State has been pushed to the limit and often times frustrated in their Western Conference Finals matchup. This has been no more apparent than from struggles that Warriors’ forward Draymond Green had in Games 3 to 5.

“I don’t feel like I got my mojo back, but I feel like I’m heading in the right direction. All I can do is battle. Everything else will take care of itself. I feel better. I feel good. But I feel like I have a way to go to being myself. You can’t control how a game goes. But I can control how hard I play.”

The 26-year-old may have finally taken a huge step in the right direction in the Warriors’ win in Game 6 by recording a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds along with six assists, and three steals. What was most encouraging about his performance was that he was able to do that while being in foul trouble for most of the game. Golden State will need their All-Star forward to get past his struggles on Monday night in order to keep their championship hopes alive.

At the same time, Green will have to keep his emotions in check in the all-or-nothing Game 7 given that he’s one flagrant foul away from earning an automatic one-game suspension. It’s a fine line that he must walk, but with the opportunity to become just the 10th team in league history to overcome a 3-1 playoff series deficit it should be enough motivation to keep him focused. The bottom line here is that Green’s play could determine the Warriors’ fate.

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