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Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green: I think Portland is done

By The Sports Xchange
The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green thinks the Warriors will win Game 5 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, ending the series. Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/1599c7ca4d9b3a8722490b8086498d46/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
The Golden State Warriors Draymond Green thinks the Warriors will win Game 5 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, ending the series. Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | License Photo

Up three games to one in the second-round playoff series, Golden State Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green is ready to call it.

"Do I think they're done? Of course I think they're done," Green said Monday night after the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center, 132-125 in overtime.

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The Blazers were on fire in the first quarter and built a 16-2 lead with the Warriors going 1 of 12 before reigning MVP Steph Curry came off the bench and sparked a rally. Curry did most of his damage in a record-setting performance in overtime with 17 of his 40 points.

Game 5 is in Oakland on Wednesday, where the Warriors could end the best-of-seven series.

"If I don't think they're done, I don't know who else is going to think it," Green said, adding that he means the prediction as no disrespect to anyone, but more of a vote of complete confidence in his defending championship roster. "We're going home with a 3-1 lead. It's up to us to close it out. And I trust my teammates, I trust our team to come out ready to go and close this series out. Of course I think they're done. It's time for us to close the series. We did what we needed to do; we came on the road and got one win. We took care of home court. Now it's time for us to do it again."

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The Warriors were 39-2 at Oracle Arena in the regular season and won the first two games of the series against Portland and went 3-0 against the Rockets in the first round.

"(The Warriors) are a championship team, and we competed with them," Blazers point guard Damian Lillard said. "We were right there. We were one or two stops away from winning the game. We let one get away. Now we have to go down there and get one on their court. ... It's not going to be rolling over."

If the Blazers force a sixth game it would be played in Portland. Their offense certainly has held its own against Golden State, particularly Lillard, who is averaging 32.8 points in the first four games.

Portland coach Terry Stotts put a huge amount of emphasis on winning Game 3 while facing a 2-0 series deficit, and said they would again put everything they have into trying to take the next one. Stotts said Curry was "remarkable" in Game 4.

"We were a little late with our coverages on a couple of ball screens," Stotts said. "We didn't switch appropriately on two big momentum plays for them. When you're guarding (Curry) one-on-one and right there and challenge his shots, that's what he does. He's a two-time MVP for a reason.

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"It's what the playoffs are about. You go to the next game. We played them well in Game 2. Beat them in Game 3. Played a good game here (in Game 4)."

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