Programming note: Watch "SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central" on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m., and immediately following Game 1 on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
OAKLAND – As an undersize power forward, Draymond Green is accustomed to being the underdog. His day's work consists on using leverage and savvy to offset the constant physical disadvantages.
Green, at 6-foot-7, confronts all that and more Saturday, when the Warriors face the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Oracle Arena.
Green will be assigned to defend 6-10 Anthony Davis, the best young big man in the NBA. Because Davis plays both ends and is the most dangerous Pelican, this matchup will go far to dictate the tone of his series.
"I've studied more film than usual, for sure," Green said.
Davis led the NBA in player-efficiency rating, one metric used to determine the best overall player. He was fourth in scoring, at 24.4 points on (53.5 percent shooting), eighth in rebounding at 10.2 per game. He led the league in blocks, with 2.94 per game.
Green doesn't zero in on numbers. As a contender for Defensive Player of the Year, he studiese habits and tendencies. He seeks an edge, something to key on in combat.
He's having a tough time finding it with Davis.
"In watching him is what you tend to figure out is he doesn't have a go-to move," Green said. "A lot of people would say that's bad. I'll say it's probably better, because he can do so much you can't necessarily prepare to stop one move.
"You've got to guard him straight up and try to make him take tough shots. But you're not just going to sit on his right shoulder and (make him) look like he doesn't know how to play basketball. There are some people in this league you can do that to. He's not one of them."
The Warriors are certain to utilize waves of defenders at Davis, sending at various times Harrison Barnes or Andre Iguodala or even center Andrew Bogut.
But Green will be the primary option. He's the one who has to be physical enough to compete and clever enough to stay out of foul trouble. His goal is not to offset Davis' scoring but to ensure he doesn't take over the game.
"It's going to be a challenge, a tough challenge. But I'm looking forward to it."
If it's a scrap, a tussle, any kind of physical or mental contest, Green wants in. He'll be knee deep in it on Saturday.