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Golden State Warriors rookies Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes deliver during crunch time

First-year forwards Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes made big plays and big shots all night, but particularly down the stretch in helping Golden State withstand a furious Denver Nuggets comeback.

Green, who scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, made a driving layup and a pair of free throws on back-to-back possessions after Denver had cut it to five, 80-75, with 4:41 still go. He made another bucket underneath with 3:15 to go to bump the lead to eight, and also drew a key blocking call during Denver’s run.

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"When you know you’ve worked on your game for years and years, in situations like that, it’s just basketball," said Green. "You can’t over-think the situation or start worrying, hey, there’s two minutes left in an elimination game. It’s basketball. You just keep your calm and remember all the work you put in."

So why did Green take it upon himself to make those two critical drives?

"They’re trapping Stephen Curry," Green said. "When you trap Steph like that, someone else has to step up and make the play. That’s basically their coach saying (Curry) isn’t going to beat us. Someone else has to do it.

"So you’re put in a situation like that, it’s your time to make a play," Green continued. "I didn’t get that layup on my own. Bogut sealed Javale McGee off and once he did that, I knew I had the lane."

Oh yes, and Green also made another 3-point basket, his fifth of the series, as the Warriors were building their 18-point lead. So he did a little bit of everything in his 25 minutes.

"He’s a three, a four, a two? What does he do? He wins games," said Bogut. "I love the kid. He’s going to be a great player."

Coach Mark Jackson wasn’t surprised to see the rookie from Michigan State be so bold from the perimeter.

"He’s made some big shots, and tonight, he really made some big shots," Jackson said. "But he’s not surprised when he makes ‘em. Funny thing, he’s running down the floor like he’s Steph Curry making faces and gestures."

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You have to really pay attention and know the game to appreciate what he does on the floor. It was funny to me that people would ask why he was in the game in Game 1. The guy is a winner, he’s a competitor, he cares, he works his tail off, and he’s going to be a coach in this league or somewhere. The guy was a coach when we drafted him. He could do that today if he wanted to. That’s how good he is and how smart he is.
Golden State’s Head Coach, Mark Jackson, on Draymond Green (after game 4 vs. Nuggets)

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Draymond Green tweets football photo after flagrant foul in NBA playoffs

After the game, Denver coach George Karl asked at his news conference: “Did Draymond Green play football or basketball at Michigan State?”

Green had some fun with that today, tweeting a picture of himself in football gear from the 2011 MSU spring football game — he suited up and ran a few plays at tight end — and saying: “I guess this answers that huh??? HA FOOTBALL.”

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Draymond Green hits game-winner, LeBron says "he knows how to play the game"

straight-from-the-mitten:

Green makes a layup to knock off the Miami Heat, 97-95. LeBron James had some glowing words for the former MSU standout afterwards.

I’m not a big LeBron fan, but this whole story is awesome.

After the game, Lebron James talked to Draymond Green to congratulate him.

“He played hard, it was great competition out there between me and him,” James said. “I’ve also respected him especially in college, a big-time player and no one really gave him a shot, but you can tell he knows how to play the game. Any team that got him he will find a way to get minutes because he knows how to play the game and (Golden State) is a good fit for him. It was good to see him out there.”

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