The Golden State Warriors managed to keep their hopes and dreams of winning the NBA title back-to-back with a series-saving win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
The Warriors - sitting at 2-3 in the Western Conference Finals - could still be eliminated if they lose their next game. One man who is not going to let that happen easily is Draymond Green, who claimed that this really is "life or death" for him.
However, while Green was proud of his and the Warriors performance in game five, he knows his own personal play has a long way to go.
Writing in his diary for The Undefeated, the recently named All-NBA second teamer revealed that he still doesn't truly think he is playing like he fully can.
"I don't feel like I got my mojo back, but I feel like I'm heading in the right direction," he wrote.
"All I can do is battle. Everything else will take care of itself. I feel better. I feel good. But I feel like I have a way to go to being myself. You can't control how a game goes. But I can control how hard I play."
Draymond is right, he hasn't been playing as well as he can.
In the Warriors' two losses in Oklahoma City, Green shot a combined 2-of-16 from the floor, recording 12 points in the process and managed nearly as many turnovers. On top of that, he was a minus-73 in his 70 minutes on the floor. That is not the play of a top-10 guy.
Golden State need the real Draymond Green back ASAP. His performance in game five was a start, but he really has to turn it up to 11 if the Warriors are going to win the final two games of the series and get a chance to defend the Larry O'Brien trophy.