Part of what makes Draymond Green such a phenomenal NBA talent is his competitive drive and will to win.
At times, though, that desire can manifest itself in on-court confrontations with officials and the Golden State Warriors star can often find himself in trouble with officials.
Through the 2016 playoff so far, Green has four technicals and is just three more away from an automatic one-game suspension. Ahead of what will be an intense Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the All-Star has admitted he is focussing on keeping quiet on the hardwood.
"I'm not contesting any calls," he said, via NBA.com, after an uncharacteristically quiet Saturday practice.
"No. Because if I contest a call, no matter how my approach is going to go then, it's going to change. I know me. I'm going to walk the other way and if they call a foul, `Good call.' I'm not talking, nope."
With an impending dual against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook - a duo who's talents can frustrate the best of opponents - Green knows he has to channel his passion into winning games rather than challenging calls.
"I've got to practice it now, though. It's habit. I'm working on it. That's something I have to focus on, and I haven't focused on it at all in this playoffs," he explained.
"But I'm focused on it now. Usually when I focus in on something, I can do pretty well at it, and I'm stubborn enough to do well at it because I have to prove to myself that I can do it.
"And I always want to prove whoever I'm trying to prove wrong, and in this case it's myself. I think I'm going to do a really good job with it."
Playing on the edge is what makes Green such a dominant player so the Warriors staff won't want to see him retreat into his shell for the upcoming series.
Nevertheless, with a potential suspension ahead, they need Green to be on his best behaviour as they go in search of back-to-back titles.