Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Draymond Green responds to death wish he received on Twitter

Draymond Green responds to death wish he received on Twitter

The Cavaliers also had to win Game 5 and 7 in Oracle, but did so en route to a historic rally from down 3-1.

The New Orleans Pelicans had moved within one victory of tying the series, and Green realized that the team had to play better.

Warriors lead series 3-1. Golden State swept the only previous playoff series between the teams, giving them a 7-1 advantage in head to head playoff victories. Instead, the Pelicans came out flat and were steamrolled in Game 4, putting their proverbial backs to the wall.

If you only looked at the Game 4 box score as a frame of reference for Sunday's contest, you likely would have surmised that Iguodala had a solid but not spectacular game.

After the Warriors suffered a blow out loss to the Pelicans in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, Green told ESPN he stayed up watching film all night. The Pelicans began the first quarter shooting 2 for 11 from the field and fell behind 17-4.

Kevin Durant made his approach to taking over a pivotal National Basketball Association playoff game sound so simple - and look that way, too. The Pelicans won the rebounding battle but turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 21 Golden State points. He did a little of everything in Game 3 and finished with 35.4 FanDuel points thanks to the steals and blocks.

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The "Death Lineup" breathed new life into the Golden State Warriors. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 110 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 101.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting.

So much that Kerr said he plans to use the same starting lineup when the Warriors play a potential series-clinching Game 5 on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

After flirting with a triple-double by way of 8 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, Green was asked about the Twitter death wish while on the postgame podium with Stephen Curry.

From April 5 to April 10 - the final stretch of the regular season - the Warriors gave up 126 points to the Indiana Pacers, 126 points to the Pelicans and 119 points to the Utah Jazz, and lost all three games.

Obviously, it helps to have five players as versatile and skilled as the "Hamptons Five", a moniker given to that five man group after the other four had ramped up their recruitment of Durant during a visit to the Hamptons in the summer of 2016. In those two games, the Golden State had 59 attempts from the line compared to New Orleans' 20. While Boston could very easily win, the 76ers will not make it easy. The Pelicans surely won't lay over and die, though, so the defending champs can't take them lightly and expect a cakewalk. New Orleans has to get Mirotic and Rondo to step up and balance the offense.

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