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Draymond Green says the Warriors would be champions if he played in game five

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The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers resume their battle for supremacy tonight in game six of an exhilarating NBA Finals.

The Cavs' impressive win at the Oracle Arena in game five breathed new life into their title hopes and gives them an opportunity to force a deciding game seven with a win in front of their home fans. 

The Warriors, though, are in the same position they were last year, heading into the Quicken Loans Arena with a 3-2 lead in the series and a chance to hoist the trophy in Cleveland once again. 

They will be boosted by the return of power forward Draymond Green, who was suspended for the previous encounter which saw LeBron James and Kyrie Irving go for 41 points apiece.

Speaking to the media ahead of the hugely anticipated game six, Green claimed that the outcome of Monday night's contest would've been different if he had taken to the floor.

"I have a strong belief that if I play game five, we win," Green said. "But I didn't because I put myself in a situation where I wasn't able to play. And I thought my teammates fought and didn't play well. But still with six minutes to go, down six points, but continued to battle. And it's on me to help that battle."

Draymond fell victim to the NBA's cumulative points system having picked up four flagrant fouls, which automatically incurred a one-game suspension. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Four

He was involved in a tangle with LeBron towards the end of game four with the Dubs up by 10 and his absence seems to have swung the series back in the balance slightly.

However, the All-Star is confident that his return will galvanise the team and is motivated by the possibility of winning the championship in Ohio for the second consecutive season.

"I move on from the suspension. That was game five; we're here in game six so it's behind us," Green added. "We got an opportunity to do something that, I don't know if it's ever been done ... where you win a championship on someone else's floor two years in a row. We have that opportunity. It's a fun one. It'll be tough."

Much like James did in Oakland, Green will receive a hostile reception from the Cavaliers fans and is likely to be met with deafening boos on every occasion he touches the ball. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Four

The Michigan State product faced a similar scenario in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder after the league decided not to suspend him for kicking Steven Adams in the groin. 

The treatment he was subjected to in the following game by the OKC faithful seemed to put him off his game as he shot just 1-for-7 in 38 minutes of play and Golden State lost by 24.

Steve Kerr and the Warriors will hope he deals with the situation better when they take to the court at the Q tonight as he is sure to be under the microscope for the entire night.

"You know, I won't go into game six thinking, 'Will my patience be tested? Will it not?' " the 26-year-old said. "It's a hard enough challenge to try to win a game in the NBA Finals. Then you talk about the challenge of trying to win on the road, that challenge doubles and triples.

"So that's a hard enough challenge in itself. That's enough to focus on to come and do whatever I have to take, do whatever it takes to help my team win the game."

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Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson

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