While Stephen Curry's predator instincts from three-point range are well documented by this stage, equally, the intensity Draymond Green brings to the table has long been cited as an important factor behind Golden State's mercurial triumphs.
The power forward is the franchise's record leader in triple-doubles, but his influence on the court extends behinds the numbers of a stat-sheet. Green is the spark and the catalyst that drives the Dubs forward and is willing to create conflict in the reigning champions' ranks to bring out the best in his teammates.
Kobe Bryant - one of the fiercest competitors in basketball history - has been outspoken in his admiration for the Warriors forward, too.
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But, does Green ever overstep the mark with his passionate antics?
It surfaced after the Oklahoma City Thunder and Warriors’ epic overtime game in late February, Green unleashed a profanity-laced tirade in the locker room during halftime to vent his frustration.
Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated recently put together a profile on the enigmatic Golden State man and it turns out things got a little more heated than that, particularly with his head coach, Steve Kerr.
"Sometimes Kerr is the object of his ire, as occurred at Oklahoma City in February, when the coach singled out Green during a halftime film session. They had to be restrained from each other in the locker room. As the Warriors took the floor for the second half, trailing by 11, Walton begged Green to apologise, for fear Kerr would bench him. 'I’ll do that later,' Green said. 'This whole team is about to follow my passion, my anger.'"
The Warriors are currently tied 1-1 with the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals with game three set to take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Sunday evening.
Kerr spoke to Jenkins about the incident that occurred nearly four months ago, and the Coach of the Year explained that not only was he not offended by Green's actions, but his player's fire is essential to how his side operate.
“We’re not a crazy group, and you need a little crazy,” Kerr says. “The Bulls needed Dennis Rodman. The Spurs needed Stephen Jackson. I have a potty mouth, so when Draymond and I go back and forth, there’s some ‘Hey, f--- you. No, f--- you.’ The other guys are like, ‘Oh, s---.’ But that conflict—between Draymond and me, Draymond and the opponent, Draymond and the ref, Draymond and the world—gives us our edge.”
Green's determination and irrepressible competitiveness is becoming a hallmark of the Warriors in the same way the Splash Bros - Klay Thompson and Curry - has become renound.
Will Green channel that conflict with Kerr to overcome the Thunder once more during the current series?