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Draymond Green Finals diary, Part 23

‘We put ourselves in this position. We got to dig ourselves out.’

Draymond Green has evolved into one of the most interesting personalities in the NBA, and perhaps all of sports — the vocal leader and emotional engine for one of the most compelling NBA teams in recent memory.

Green has agreed to give The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears an exclusive look into his life on and off the court, via a playoff diary that Green hopes will end with a second straight NBA championship for the Golden State Warriors.

Draymond Green Diary #23

The Golden State Warriors lost 115-101 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Green had eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes. The NBA All-Star returned to action after being suspended for the Warriors’ Game 5 loss after accumulating too many flagrant foul points over the course of the playoffs. The Warriors and Cavaliers will meet in a deciding Game 7 on Sunday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Warriors guard Stephen Curry earned team-highs of 30 points and six made 3-pointers, but fouled out in the fourth quarter and was ejected after throwing his mouth piece in frustration. Cleveland forward LeBron James had 41 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and three blocks.

It was good to be back out there. I don’t think my best stuff was out there, but it happens. I’m looking forward to Game 7.

“I’m obviously pissed off. We had another opportunity to close out and we didn’t. But, it happens. We got a Game 7 at home. We take our one shot and I think our one shot will be good enough.

“Everybody is up in flames because Steph got ejected. It is what it is. The game was kind of over anyway. He was out so, whatever.

“It’s tough because you never know what can happen [in Game 7]. But we put ourselves in this position. We got to dig ourselves out. It’s not tough. We got a Game 7 at home. We’re damn good at home. We just have to play with the effort we need to play with. We’ll be just fine.

“I think it will be a great atmosphere. Hopefully, our crowd will be loud and give us that home court edge. But we got to make that happen.

“It’s Game 7 for all the marbles. I’m looking forward to it … We got to impose our will from the jump on the defensive end. They got to feel us. These last two games they haven’t felt us. This is it. I know they will.

“It’s no pressure. Pressure is pressure. It’s going to be there, but it is what it is. We’ve been playing all season under pressure. It’s nothing new now.

“Everybody’s got to be themselves. Everybody has to bring it. That’s what we do. Just go win the game.”

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for Andscape. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.