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Draymond Green says the Golden State Warriors were lacking urgency in game three loss

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The Golden State Warriors saw their series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers be cut in half at the Moda Center on Saturday night.

Damian Lillard dropped 40 points as he continues his impressive form against his hometown franchise. Al-Farouq Aminu also played a huge part as they cancelled out big scoring nights from All-Star duo Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The Warriors now hold a 2-1 lead and will be hoping they can return to winning ways on Monday when the two teams reconvene for the latest installment of this thrilling series.

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One way the Dubs can improve their chances of restoring their two-game cushion is by recapturing the intensity they showed at the Oracle Arena.

Green believes they were lacking that cutting edge in Oregon and has taken some of the blame for not being able to get his teammates going.

Speaking in his post-game press conference, the big man said: "I don't think we played with enough urgency to win. I think the first quarter, we were really good defensively but the urgency wasn't there, they go every loose ball like they were desperate and I'm sure they were.

"I felt like we should of been up 10, 12, 15 points coming out of that first quarter, we were only up six and that was pretty much them getting second-chance shots, coming up with loose balls.

"The urgency definitely wasn't there and I think that's what cost us because if we come out with that urgency like we needed to, they had doubt,  I could tell in the first quarter and we didn't take advantage of that.

"Now they feeling good about themselves, so the urgency definitely wasn't there and that's my fault."

Much like in game three against the Houston Rockets, the Warriors were far from their best, so the Blazers should certainly expect a response.

There is a possibility Stephen Curry will return to action, however, even without the MVP, Golden State have shown they have the necessary quality. As Green stated, it is about them bringing that same urgency to the floor every night and it was certainly lacking on Saturday.

With homecourt advantage, the odds are stacked heavily in their favour, but a game four loss would put pressure on the regular season favourites to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Draymond Green
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Pacific Division
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