Green posted 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals over 44 minutes during Monday's 129-120 win over the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
It was a quintessential Green performance where he checked off virtually every box on the stat sheet and served as an active and aggressive presence on the boards. The 27-year-old posted double-doubles in the last two games of the series, and although his shot was off for all but one game, he wrapped up the Finals with averages of 11.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals across 35.4 minutes. His regular-season scoring dropped from 14.0 to 10.2 with Kevin Durant's arrival in Golden State, but Green's role as a versatile force near the basket is secure as the Warriors head into the defense of their second championship in three years next season.
Green contributed 16 points (6-16 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block across 39 minutes in a 137-116 Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers.
For the most part, the Cavaliers were able to bottle up the backcourt tandem of Stephen Curry (14 points on 4-of-13 shooting) and Klay Thompson (13 points on 4-of-11 shooting), so Green stepped up to take on a secondary scoring role behind Kevin Durant. That's not typically a great formula for success for the Warriors, and that was evident in the final tally, as the Cavaliers controlled the game for all four quarters. Though he submitted a strong stat line on the night, Green did let his emotions get the best of him, as he was assessed one of seven technical fouls handed out on the night and at one point looked like he would be ejected before officials determined that a technical foul should have been assessed to coach Steve Kerr rather than Green. The Warriors will count on the 27-year-old to be on his best behavior while still making life difficult in the paint for the Cavs as the series heads back to Oakland for a potential series-clinching Game 5.
Green contributed nine points (3-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block over 36 minutes during Thursday's 113-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA finals.
While he couldn't get it going from the field, Green made his customarily superior contributions on the glass while also checking off the other boxes of the stat sheet in more modest fashion. The 27-year-old forward didn't have to do much on offense with teammates Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combining for 66 points, but his scoring is likely to play a key part at some point during the series. Green did see a three-game streak of double-digit point tallies snapped Thursday, but his 11 rebounds were the most he'd hauled in since Game 2 of the opening-round series versus the Trail Blazers.
Green posted 17 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes during a 121-95 win over the Jazz on Monday.
Green was excellent again in a close out effort for the team, as he posted his second triple-double of this postseason, both of which have come in close out successes. He drained three three-pointers, and the team has to be excited about his three-point percentage so far in the playoffs, as he's shooting 51.2 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 2.6 three-pointers made per game. His all-around play, on the offensive and defensive end, have been excellent.
Green (knee) will play on Saturday for Game 3 against Utah, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Green tweaked his knee in Game 2 but was expected to give it a go on Saturday. Coach Mark Brown said there will be no limitations on Green as the Warriors look to take a 3-0 series lead. If he were to re-aggravate the injury, David West and Matt Barnes would be next in line to see minutes at power forward.
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