Opinion: New Draymond Green no longer 'disgusting' as Warriors chase another NBA title


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers breaks down Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, where the Warriors used another big third quarter to beat the Blazers for a commanding 3-0 series lead.

PORTLAND, Ore. — There is a new Draymond Green on the floor it seems, calmer, more focused, and quite possibly steering the Golden State Warriors to a third consecutive NBA championship.

So what does the new Green think of the old one?

“Disgusting,” he said.

Green’s performance in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers was notable not only because it put the Warriors at 3-0 and within a single victory of a fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. On occasions where he might typically have railed against the referees, it was distinct and noticeable that Green kept his cool.

But why? And why now?

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“I realized I had got to a point where I was doing more crying than playing,” he said. “I am sure it was disgusting to watch because I felt disgusting playing that way. I just wanted to lock back in on the game. I understand that officials are not…

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