The Portland Trail Blazers dragged themselves back into their Western Conference semi-finals series with the Golden State Warriors after a terrific display by Damian Lillard.
The point guard dropped 40 points on the Dubs in game three and played a huge part in the win and led by example as he has done all year for the Blazers.
The two-time All-Star has grown into a leader both on and off the floor for Portland and once again displayed this by defending his team after comments made by Draymond Green following the game stating that the Trail Blazers had "doubt" in the first quarter before they went on to win.
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"That team -- they had doubt," Green told reporters post-game. "You could just tell they were unsure about everything that they were doing in the first quarter. Then all of a sudden, like I said, you get a couple of offensive rebounds, hit a couple of shots, that's when the crowd gets into it. That's kind of what happened.
"That's kind of what happened for them. I think right there in that first quarter, they felt like they were on the ropes and we didn't really take advantage of that."
Lillard took exception to the outspoken Green's remarks and offered up a firm response when asked about it on Sunday.
"I don't know what kind of games he playing, but we don't play games over here," the 26-year-old said. "There was never any doubt in our minds, but maybe he needed to tell himself whatever he needed to tell himself. There was never any doubt; if there's any doubt you don't beat a championship team. If that's what he has to tell himself, then that's perfectly fine."
Having lost the game, the comments could be Green's way of gaining a psychological advantage on Portland heading into game four, but Lillard and Rip City are not ready to indulge in any mind games and are only focused on tying the series at 2-2 and defending their home court.
With Steph Curry "doubtful" to play in game four according to coach Steve Kerr, it gives the Blazers a good opportunity to claim another win.
Terry Stotts' men became the first outfit to beat the Warriors twice this season and now have a chance to hand them back-to-back defeats for the first time this year too.
"They say a series doesn't really start until a team wins on a road," Lillard said. "If we can take care of home the same way they did ... I think in the first two games, especially the second game, we really challenged them. We had control of game for a lot of that game, so we know that we're capable of getting it done. It'd be great to take care of home and go back (to Oakland) with it tied up."
Draymond Green promised that the Dubs will win game four at the Moda Center but you can certainly expect Lillard to have something to say about too, but will do his talking on the court on Monday night.