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The Warriors' defense was fantastic in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Trail Blazers.
Golden State held Portland to 36 percent shooting and forced 21 turnovers in the 116-94 win at Oracle Arena.
It was a total team effort but Draymond Green led the charge.
The 2017 Defensive Player of the Year grabbed seven defensive rebounds and recorded two steals and three blocks.
He led the Warriors in deflections (5), defensive loose balls recovered (2) and contested shots (15). He also was second in box outs (5).
The two-time runner-up for DPOY made life very difficult on Blazers big man Enes Kanter.
Draymond Green was locked in defensively from the very beginning as he took an early charge on Enes Kanter pic.twitter.com/t4Twxexltc— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 15, 2019
Enes Kanter thought he could back down Draymond Green from 18 feet. It did not end well for Enes Kanter pic.twitter.com/gTbBH6NjAd— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 15, 2019
It looked like Enes Kanter was gonna have an easy layup after an offensive rebound. But the Warriors had Draymond Green on the floor... pic.twitter.com/7HcJdHx5WS— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 15, 2019
He blocked a Moe Harkless 3-point attempt in the first quarter and another one in the fourth quarter that basically sealed the game.
Look at how much ground Draymond Green covers to block this Harkless corner 3. Just incredible (and it leads to a Klay dunk in transition) pic.twitter.com/BBTah8vT09— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 15, 2019
But just for good measure, Draymond felt like getting another steal.
Lastly, Draymond hits the corner 3 and then just takes the ball away from Evan Turner. Ballgame pic.twitter.com/IQus8vpfEV— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 15, 2019
If he plays like this every game, it might be a short series.