Draymond Green has lit up the Oracle Arena as he his making up for lost time scoring 22 points in the first half to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 49-42 lead at the end of the first half of Game 7 for the NBA Finals 2016.
Green fired five out of five from beyond the arc to take over the scoring chores adding six rebounds and five assists. With the Warriors still looking for the “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry, who is already nursing three personal fouls, and Klay Thompson, Green has been providing the needed scoring punch for the defending champions in Game 7.
It was noted that Green’s suspension was the worst nightmare for the Warriors, who are hoping to close out their impressive run this season. Curry has nine points to his name while Thompson is still trying to find his rhythm as he noted five markers in Game 7 in what could be the best run for Green since his suspension.
“I have a strong belief that if I play in Game 5, we win,” Green said. “But I didn’t because I put myself in a situation where I wasn’t able to play.”
On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers has one more game to close out their awesome performance this season and the defending champions Golden State Warriors are standing in their way, but LeBron James has been dominating in all departments as has 12 points with eight rebounds, five assists, and two blocks. Kyrie Irving is steadily behind James noting nine points while Kevin Love has yet to make his mark as he has five points.
Unlike Game 6 wherein both teams got into foul trouble, officials in Game 7 have let the players play loose as both teams engaged in a physical both inside and outside the paint. The Cavaliers took a 23-22 lead in the opening quarter. But it was Green who stole the show as he has been an effective decoy in the Warriors’ offense.
With Green getting his scoring prowess going, the Warriors are hoping that Curry and Thompson will also get into the scoring action as they try to close Game 7 with a win and be named as back-to-back champions.
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