Draymond Green says Golden State are facing a 'completely different team'

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The Golden State Warriors have been licking their wounds since a surprise game one loss at the Oracle Arena to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. 

The Dubs were up by 13 at the break but some lacklustre play in the second half, coupled with a vast improvement by the visitors, saw the Thunder run out 108-102 winners in the end. 

With game two fast approaching, the defending champions will be looking to bounce back and ensure they travel to Oklahoma City with the series tied at one game apiece. 

But Draymond Green - who recently came second in the voting for defensive player of the year and seventh in running for the most valuable player - believes the Bay Area franchise are facing a 'completely different team to the regular season'.

As per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the forward said: "KD didn't play well last night to KD's standards. Russ didn't play well last night to Russ' standards. And yet they won the game. That's because the other guys are playing better."

Those other guys include New Zealander Steven Adams, who has been a monster on the boards during the postseason and has surpassed Serge Ibaka as the third most vital player for the Thunder. 

He is averaging 10.1 rebounds and 10.7 points per night and is spending 32.5 minutes on the floor a game. Ibaka is still a big contributor for OKC and had a strong game in the opening encounter. Enes Kanter's influence has also been a huge help thanks to the decision of head coach Billy Donovan to start him with Adams. 

The worrying thing for the Warriors should be the fact that Durant and Westbrook can play much better than their showing in game one. KD shot just 33 percent from the field and Westbrook still has room to improve despite coming relatively close to a quadruple double. 

Green has taken much of the responsibility for the loss, saying:  “I don’t think I was myself on the defensive end last night. I wasn’t flying around like I normally do. I’ve got to be better.”

The likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are not going to go down without a fight and will be hoping to preserve their record of never losing back-to-back games in the regular or postseason so far. 

It is a testing time for the champions, but nobody said defending their crown was going to be easy. It's up to the unanimous MVP and his support cast of All-Stars to prove they have the metal to win consecutive rings. 

Durant and Westbrook will be smelling blood and game two will be an engrossing, passionate encounter from start to finish.

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