The Warriors weren't prepared for Mike Conley's appearance in Game 2 and it affected their play considerably, Draymond Green said after practice on Thursday.
"Honestly, we didn't prepare for Mike to play. We just didn't expect him to. And they're a complete different team without him.
Now, obviously you have a game with him in there, you know how to take a few things away...[Game 3] will be a different ball game this time around," Green said.
Conley scored 22 points, dished out three assists and only turned it over once in the Grizzlies' 97-90 victory over Golden State in Game 2.
As the series turns to Memphis, Green knows the Grizzlies fans won't be pleased with him due to his altercation with Conley. In the second quarter of Game 2, he made contact with Conley while the Grizzlies guard – wearing a protective mask a week after undergoing facial surgery – was on the floor.
"I don't expect their fans to be happy with me. They weren't going to be happy with me regardless. They're not our fans....if they was happy with me, they've got a whole 'nother problem.
I'm still going to do what I do, play the way I play and enjoy the game of basketball...booing me [isn't] going to change the way I play or anything like that."
Green was perplexed when asked if he would play differently if the situation occurred again.
"If the same play happened again, and I gotta go after the ball, I'm gonna go after the ball. There's no intention to hit him in his face, but yet the ball is by his face. You don't play the game with the intention to hurt anyone, yet you don't play the game timid because somebody's hurt either.
"You're on the court, it's time to play. He ain't play timid scoring 22 points and changing the game, so what am I gonna play timid for cause he's got a mask on?"