OAKLAND -- The Warriors are 5-1 in playoffs games in which Draymond Green has made a 3-point basket, and the only loss came after Golden State blew an 18-point lead against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of their playoff series.
After making one of two in Game 2 -- his lone connection with 6:40 to go arguably the Warriors' biggest fourth-quarter bucket -- Green is now 9 for 18 from beyond the arc in eight playoff games.
Green is nothing if not fearless about shooting from beyond the arc, to the degree that he challenged Curry to a post-practice 3-point shooting contest recently that went on for five consecutive days. Curry was quick to note "Draymond didn't win," but added that it said something about the rookie forward that he would even consider making such a challenge.
Green, asked about his shootout with Curry Thursday, said there was a method to his madness.
"It was something I wanted to do because I know in order to win against him, I have to hit every shot," he said. "So it makes you focus in on every shot and take the shots more seriously as opposed to just spotting up and shooting jump shots with nothing on the line. Plus, if I win, of course I get to brag that I beat Steph Curry in a 3-point shootout."
So how close did he come?
"One day he beat me, I missed my last shot and he made his," Green said. "That was my one chance to beat him and he was actually off that day. He won by that one bucket. But yeah, every other day, he beat me really bad."