Draymond Green claims the Portland Trail Blazers are "done" in the series

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The Golden State Warriors are on the brink of progressing to the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year after taking a 3-1 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in their semi-finals series. 

MVP Steph Curry returned from injury to inspire the Dubs to a 132-125 overtime win at the Moda Center in which he scored an NBA record 17 points in the extra five minutes of play.

With the Warriors in a commanding position heading back to Oakland for game five on Thursday, they are heavy favourites to close out the series on their home floor.   

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One man who certainly expects that to happen is Draymond Green who, as always, spoke his mind in the post-game press conference when asked if he thought the Blazers were done in the series.

"Do I think they're done? Of course I think they're done," he replied.

"If I don't think they're done, I don't know who else is going to think it," he continued. "We're going home with a 3-1 lead. It's up to us to close it out. And I trust my teammates, I trust our team to come out ready to go and close this series out.

"Of course I think they're done. It's time for us to close the series. We did what we needed to do; we came on the road and got one win. We took care of home court. Now it's time for us to do it again."

Green - who posted 21 points in the victory - and his teammates survived a hard-fought encounter in Portland where the home side gave the defending champions everything they had but ultimately fell short due to Curry's heroics.   

The point guard - who is expected to be named the MVP for the second year in a row this week - played extended minutes due to Shaun Livingston's ejection in the second quarter, which turned into a blessing in disguise for Steve Kerr and his men.

The Blazers, though, have proved to be a match for Golden State and could easily have taken more than one game.   

Despite the demoralising defeat, their performances up until this point have given Damian Lillard belief that they are still not out of it.

"We want to go out there and make sure they respect us, make sure they understand it's not going to be what everybody thinks it's going to be," Lillard said. "It's not going to be no rolling over, it's not going to be no out here being scared, it's not going to be any of that."  

The series will return to Oracle Arena where there will be an even more boisterous crowd than normal due to the return of their superstar. 

Lillard and co. have a mountain to climb if they are to stop the Warriors machine powering on. 

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