The Golden State Warriors believe that Draymond Green's absence is no excuse for game five loss

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The Warriors missed out on the chance to become back-to-back NBA champions on Monday night, for the time being, after they fell to an 112-97 defeat on their home floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Golden State still have a chance to wrap up the series in six games as they head to the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday evening with a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven battle.

They won their first NBA championship in 30 years at the Q in six games last season, so is history about to repeat itself? One man that will be determined to make sure that it does is Draymond Green.

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The All-Star power forward missed game five through suspension after an altercation with LeBron Games in the previous encounter. After seemingly taking a swipe at LeBron's groin, Green was issued another flagrant foul which meant he had reached his postseason limit.

The Warriors suffered without their defensive leader and King James, alongside Kyrie Irving, went on an absolute tear by dropping 82 points between them.

Although the absence of Green is not an excuse, Klay Thompson did concede the forward's widespread qualities would always be missed.

"Draymond does a little bit of everything," said Thompson, whose 37 points weren't enough on Monday. "Obviously his playmaking, his communication, and his heart and soul. It's not an excuse, though."

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said "it's too simple to say that" the Warriors lost because of Green's absence.

"We weren't very good defensively," Kerr said. "We knew we were without Draymond, so there's no point in harping on that. We had to play better, and we didn't."

Kerr knows that the defensive workload doesn't just fall on one man in the same way that the offensive responsibilities do not solely belong to Stephen Curry, or indeed, Thompson.

However, Green has those intangibles that makes the teammates around him better. He is a leader; someone who isn't afraid to rattle his peers to bring out the best in them and he is often the spark that acts as the catalyst for the Dubs.

Curry can see why he was such a big miss and he believes the Warriors just didn't adapt well enough.

"He's our center fielder in the back when he's able to see the whole floor," said Stephen Curry, who had 25 for the Warriors. "Tonight it was obviously different rotations, and we tried to adjust on the fly with different matchups. But we just didn't execute as well."

The Warriors head to Cleveland for game six in the series looking to retain their Larry O'Brien trophy and prevent the Finals from going the distance of seven games. One man unlikely to contribute is starting center Andrew Bogut, who is yet to undergo an MRI on his injured knee.

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