After the Warriors lost consecutive games for the first time all season—dropping Games 3 and 4 to the Thunder—Kobe Bryant texted Draymond Green with some advice, Green said on his video for the Uninterrupted series.
Green said he was frustrated with himself for not being more of a leader and having more energy during the Warriors’ most recent two games, but Bryant sent him a text to pick him up from his defeat.
“I got a text from Kobe and he said, ‘If making history was easy, why bother?’ It’s 100% right. It ain’t easy. It’s a struggle. I got to make sure it builds character, and we got to make sure it builds character,” Green said. “And so, I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ve never backed down from a challenge, and this team has never backed down from a challenge. We won’t start now.”
The Warriors are down 3–1 to the Thunder with Game 5 looming on Thursday night.
Green avoided being suspended for Game 5 when the league decided against upgrading his foul of Enes Kanter during Game 4 to a Flagrant 1. If he had been awarded another flagrant foul, Green would have exceeded the NBA’s limit for playoff flagrant penalty points after he was given a Flagrant 2 and fined $25,000 for kicking Steven Adams in the groin during Game 3.
Game 5 will begin at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday at Oracle Arena.