Draymond Green on Step Curry’s Game 3 status: ‘prepare like we’re going to have to play without him’

After missing Game 2, the status of Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry for tonight’s Game 3 against the Houston Rockets in their best-of-seven series is unknown. If Curry’s teammate Draymond Green had his way, the reigning league MVP would sit out until his sore ankle is fully healed.

“It’s one of those things you have to be smart with. You don’t want to necessarily throw him back out there too early,” Green told The Jim Rome Show on Thursday. “We plan on playing until June.

“We’ve proven that we can take care of business without him. We know it’s not going to be easy, it’s never easy to win without him,” Green said. “At the end of the day we’re going to prepare like we’re going to have to play without him, and obviously, if we can play with him, than that makes everything a lot easier for us.”

After falling behind 2-0 in the series, Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff had some words on how the series has been officiated. The interim head coach mentioned Golden State pushing his guys in the back, their moving screens and Klay Thompson shoving people to get open. Green thinks Bickerstaff should focus on his locker room.

“I think they have more problems than just worrying about moving screens or worrying about Klay getting open,” Green said. “One thing I’ve learned in my life is usually when you worry about a problem, you need to address what you have going on, and then try to fix the problem. So I don’t really get off into it. Whatever they feel, they feel. I mean, at the end of the day, I think they do some stuff that shouldn’t be allowed, but its basketball. The referees aren’t going to get every call right, they’re not going to see everything. You got to figure out how to win, and I think thus far, we’ve done that, and we need to continue to do that.”

Green also talked about the naysayers that have picked apart his game since his days at Michigan State. Even though the 26-year-old was voted into the All-Star Game this season, the 2012 second round draft pick says he’s still criticized but has found motivation in other places instead of listening to haters.

“There’s always going to be critics out there. That’s just the nature of the game. Steph Curry still has critics, LeBron James still has critics, Kobe’s done playing, he still has critics. So you know they are always going to be out there,” Green said. “But I don’t really look to find them anymore. You use that for so long, you got to find something else to motivate you, and I want to be great. I want to do as many things as possible that I can do in this league, and I want to possibly be in the Hall of Fame one day, and I know that goal will be hanging over my head until I’m done playing basketball, so I can use that for motivation for the rest of my career.”

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