Warriors' Green: 'We'll be just fine' 

It’s no secret the Warriors are a better team when Draymond Green is at his emotional best. The live-wire forward feeds off his own positive energy, a trait that makes him one of the most effective two-way forwards around.

But the Memphis Grizzlies believe that the hyperintense Green can be his own worst enemy at times. In the first two games of the Western Conference semifinals, they were mostly right.

“It happens,” Green said after the 97-90 loss in Tuesday’s Game 2. “We weren’t going to win every game. It’s not like this is a walk in the park. It’s a long journey.

“We’ll be just fine.”

Green wasn’t himself after two calls went against him in the first four-plus minutes of the contest. It marked the second time he was in early foul trouble in as many games.

After Green was whistled for the second infraction — incorrectly, television replays confirmed — he was socked with a technical foul after he argued the call.

“Draymond picked up the two quick fouls, which hurt us,” coach Steve Kerr said. “They scored inside. Zach [Randolph] going, and so it was a combination.”

In a crucial stretch of the game, Kerr sent Green to the bench rather than risk a third foul with 1:24 left in the second quarter. The Grizzlies reeled off the final nine points of the half to take a 50-39 lead into the break. Green also was at the center of a much-discussed play in the third period, when he hit the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley in his surgically repaired face while the guard attempted to call a timeout.

“I have a lot of respect for Mike Conley,” Green said. “I would never try to hurt anyone intentionally, but especially a guy I have a ton of respect for.”

Now the best-of-seven series heads back to Memphis, where the Grizzlies will have new-found confidence, not to mention the home fans behind them.

“Of course they will,” Green said. “But we had the best road record in the league all year. We know we can go anywhere and win, so we’re going to go there with the same confidence we had the entire year.”

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