OAKLAND –- Both of Draymond Green's legs, shins to kneecaps, were wrapped with bags of ice. His left foot was submerged in a bucket of ice. He said he was tired, and he looked tired.
And yet he was giving a spellbinding postgame sermon on the requirements of victory.
There are many, of course, and Green provided nearly all of them Monday night, driving the Warriors to a 97-87 Game 2 win over New Orleans that gave his team a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series.
"It's hard to put into words what Draymond means to the team," coach Steve Kerr said. "You guys who have been watching the club all year know he does everything. He's a 'Jack of all trades.'
"On top of that, he's one of our leaders and the guy who talks the most trash to the other team, to the refs, to his teammates and to me. He's kind of our life line."
Green's numbers spoke well of his 42-minute effort on two tender shins and an ankle that was sprained in Game 1 and rolled twice more in the first half Game 2: 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
Using numbers, though, to illustrate Green's game is like using video to describe music. Green's presence not only is seen but also felt and heard.
"He's a gamer," Stephen Curry said. "He finds different ways to impact the game."
Green came into the game with two sore shins and a sprained left ankle sustained in Game 1. He didn't let the aches get in the way of making big shots, leading fast breaks, swiping must-have rebounds and, of course, defending the wunderkind Anthony Davis.
"It was a bit rough," Green said. "But at the end of the day, it's playoff basketball."
So he played on. He's too valuable. Kerr wouldn't have it any other way.
"I ask Draymond if he's tired, and he says, 'No.' I leave him," Kerr said. "If he says, 'Yes,' I leave him in."
Green bridged the first and second units on Game 2, playing major roles in both. He was an astonishingly good plus-24 in your box score. The next most effective player was Klay Thompson, who poured in 26 points and finished at plus-15.
No other Warrior did better than plus-7. And that doesn't measure Green's impact.
"When we need scoring, when we need someone to make a play, Steph is going to step up. Klay is going to step up. If you need somebody to make a play, Bogut will step up," Green said. "Everybody has a role on the team.
"When we need something emotionally, it's my job to step up. That's a part of my role on this team . . . Bringing toughness to the floor, bringing that vocal leadership, emotional leadership, that's part of my role."