Warriors became 'unbeatable' with Kevin Durant, need him back for finals, Draymond Green says

Draymond Green thinks the Warriors will need Kevin Durant to win another championship.

Golden State managed to complete a sweep of the Trail Blazers in the Western Conference finals even though Durant was sidelined with a calf strain. Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins also missed the series as he continues to recover from a torn left quadriceps muscle.

“There’s been so much talk about how, ‘Oh, they’re the Warriors. Before Kevin got there, they were great.’ Bulls —,” Green told ESPN on Monday. “We was damn good. I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here, he made us unbeatable. When DeMarcus (Cousins) came here, it made people scratch their head even more.

“So, we need those guys. The next series is going to be tough, and I hope and pray that we can get (Durant) back.”

Durant has not played since injuring his calf in Golden State’s Game 5 win over the Rockets in the second round. The Warriors went on to close out Houston in six games before winning four straight against Portland. Andre Iguodala also missed Game 4 against the Trail Blazers with a leg injury.

“Our goal is obviously to get all three of those guys back,” Green said. “We know we’re a good team with who we have, but those guys make us great and almost unbeatable. And we know we need (Durant).”

The Warriors will be playing for their third straight championship and fourth title in five seasons. Their lone finals loss during that stretch came to the Cavaliers in seven games in 2015-16. Durant left the Thunder and signed with Golden State that summer.

Golden State will face the winner of the series between the Bucks and Raptors for the title. Milwaukee holds a 2-1 lead in that matchup heading into Game 4 on Tuesday.