Iguodala questionable for Game 4

Known at times for his temper and tangles with officials, a more mature Green has the Golden State Warriors on the brink of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals. It's there but it's not something that's affecting anything that I'm doing. Our last series, I got a lot of attention.

But to keep their improbable run going, they'll have to be the first National Basketball Association team to ever return from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series after dropping Game 3 to the Golden State Warriors Saturday night at the Moda Center.

Game 4 is at Moda on Monday at 6 p.m. All three have come on the road. The Blazers, who trailed the Denver Nuggets 3-2 in the conference semifinals, are 2-0 in elimination games during the playoffs this season.

Iguodala left Saturday's game in the first quarter and went into the locker room, flipping off ESPN's cameras in the process. Stephen Curry added 36 points and six assists and is averaging 36.3 points per game in the series. "I liked the intensity, but slow it down", Green said on Sunday.

"They're not going to lay down", Green said. "My mom has been really big".

Green has thrived in the postseason since entering the league in 2012, and like many on the Warriors' roster, he acknowledged the grind of an 82-game regular season is tougher to handle after years of long playoff runs and the stress that comes with them.

"It's nothing new; I've seen him do this for seven years", said Thompson.

"There's not much you can do to increase my level of respect for him", said Cj McCollum.

"I don't even know what to say about Draymond", said coach Steve Kerr.

Feeding off that home crowd and energy, the Trail Blazers raced out to an early lead and were the better team through the first 24 minutes. "I mean, he's our leader".

Despite the lingering injuries, the Warriors, who hold a 3-0 series lead, remain confident they can close out the Blazers on Monday night and give their ailing teammates a little extra rest heading into the Finals at the end of the month. "Keep getting the ball out of his hands and you know, at some point, we'll probably be able to take over the game".

"I think what they want me to do is make the correct play (by passing the ball)", Lillard told Reuters following his team's 110-99 Game Three loss on Saturday. He has been double-teamed often with the Warriors keying in on him. Andre Iguodala has also contributed despite an injury of his own. It's unlikely that the two-time NBA Finals MVP will return during the series against the Blazers.

"We're confident he can do the job", Kerr said.

"Thirteen points could be two or three minutes, that's how we look at it".

The dexterity, quickness, daring and smarts sets Green apart from others who play his role, or at least try to emulate it.


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