Draymond Green arguably is the favorite to win the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award, and he showed why Sunday in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Golden State Warriors forward stuffed Blazers forward Noah Vonleh with an incredible block in the third quarter, which brought the Oracle Arena crowd to its feet.
Green’s reaction was classic Draymond, too. Few players display the kind of emotion he does each game.
The rejection also came at the time the Warriors began to pull away from the Blazers. Golden State ultimately won 121-109, helped by Green’s impressive stat line which included 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and five blocks.
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April 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with guard Shaun Livingston (34) against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 121-109. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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