Draymond Green takes full responsibility for Warriors' surprising loss

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Last night ,with two seconds left on the clock, the Golden State Warriors still had a chance at victory despite trailing 97-96 to the Houston Rockets.

With an inbound pass from right court, the reigning NBA champions had one last possession to come up with a game-winning play. Those chances evaporated, however, when Draymond Green took his eye off the pass and allowed the ball to ricochet off his foot and out of bounds.

Speaking after the Toyota Center contest, the 2016 All-Star admitted he had cost Golden State the game. However, he didn't just cite the last play in his explanation:

"I cost us the game," he told reporters when reflecting on the game three result. "The world will think I'm talking about that last turnover but I'm not.

"That happens. I was awful the whole game. I care about that turnover, but I cost us the game way before then."

The forward actually led the Warriors in rebounds and assists on Thursday night but his self-criticism is perhaps explained by one stat in the box score.

Including the last second play, Green turned the ball over seven times in total against the Rockets. He accounted for 50 percent of the team's total turnovers on the night and, in fact, nobody else on either team gave up possession more than four times.

Green also failed to score in double figures for the first time in 18 games - his nine-point haul the lowest since he played just 28 minutes against the New York Knicks back on March 16.

Add to that the fact he went 3-of-6 from the free throw line, and it was certainly a night to forget for the Michigan State product.

Nevertheless, as with any game, it is impossible to place the entire result on one player's shoulder.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said as much in the post-game press conference when he lamented his roster's team-wide mistakes:

""Whether Steph's here or not, we should perform at a high level, which we did for much of the game," said Kerr. "But we've got to eliminate some of the mistakes."

Having been predicted by many to secure a 4-0 whitewash in the first round series, Thursday's road loss to the Rockets was a shock to the system for the entire Warriors franchise.

For Houston, spurred on by James Harden's 35 points, it was a lifeline after two fairly lacklustre performances. 

Whether Golden State, and Green, will be so generous with possession when they meet again on Sunday, though, is another matter.

Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Stephen Curry
NBA Playoffs
Houston Rockets
Southwest Division
James Harden

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