Tom Izzo knew Draymond Green would step up after Kevin Durant injury

Josh Schrock
NBC Sports BayArea

Tom Izzo knew Draymond Green would step up after Kevin Durant injury originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

Draymond Green has been playing at another level during the Western Conference finals.

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The Warriors forward willed his team to win Saturday night in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Green notched a triple-double, scoring  20 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists to lead Golden State to a 110-99 win and a three-games-to-none series advantage.

Since Kevin Durant went out with a right calf strain in Game 5 of the Warriors' second-round NBA playoff series with the Houston Rockets, Green has taken his game to another level. 

His college head coach, Tom Izzo, was not surprised Green took off when Durant was sidelined.

The Michigan State coaching legend apparently sent a text to FOX Sports 1's Cris Carter and told him his former star would thrive when the Warriors needed him most.

Izzo certainly hasn't been wrong.

In the four full games since Durant was injured, Green is averaging 14 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.7 assists while shooting 54.7 percent from the field.

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Durant will not return until the NBA Finals (should the Warriors win one of the next four games against the Blazers). But if Green is playing at this level when KD suits back up, you might as well give the Warriors their third straight title.

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