A huge 3 from Draymond Green with less than a minute to play in the extra frame put the Warriors up by four points, and they held on for the win after Damian Lillard's heave at the buzzer fell short. However, Lillard downplayed the impact of the injury on his performance in the series, which Portland trails 3-0. "That's just my mindset where we got all our guys on the floor but when they are not, I have to have a different mindset to step up for the team, as everyone has stepped up their game a notch".
Also like Game 2, the tables would turn in favor of the Warriors in the second half.
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"All my teammates, my coaches have been telling me, "Draymond, get to the hole, be aggressive", Green said of his mindset.More news: Trump’s ban will limit US to inferior, more expensive alternatives- Huawei
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Lillard confirmed on Sunday that he suffered the injury to his left side when Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney fell on him during a scramble for a loose ball during the third quarter of Game 2.
"Obviously you feel it, but that's it", said Lillard. "It's tough, they're doing a good job in their coverages".
Evidently, it didn't bother him much in the second half, either, as he ended the third quarter with another playoff triple-double. "Sometimes I know I need an energy burst; maybe I'll take one", Green said. But the Trail Blazers have a taller task in the Western finals, facing a Warriors team that has won five in a row in these playoffs and has beaten them nine straight times in the postseason. The Warriors pressure defense and constant double teams have made them look nearly like average National Basketball Association players. No NBA team has ever come back from being down three games to none in a seven-game playoff series. "Or DeMarcus. So collectively, we've got to do that", Green said. "We're not ready to just go out there and say, 'Oh, we did our best, we had a great season.' We've got a lot to play for".