OKLAHOMA CITY -- The last time the Warriors played at Oklahoma City, Stephen Curry's game-winning 37-footer and NBA record-tying 12 3-pointers weren't the only fireworks.
Draymond Green went on a tirade at halftime directed at coach Steve Kerr that was so loud a television reporter outside the locker room could hear the commotion. Green apologized privately and publicly, and Kerr quickly moved on from the Feb. 27 incident.
It did come up again when the Warriors returned to Chesapeake Energy Arena for practice Saturday on the eve of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals against the Thunder.
"It's something we joked about coming in here today," Green said, smiling about his teammates. "I didn't say nothing. I'm not going to be the one to joke about it, but everybody else did.
"That's fine. I'm not sensitive. That's the way it works out."
Green said the incident definitely helped the relationship between him and the head coach grow and that it helped the team grow as well.
Though Green said at the time he went over the top with it, grievances were aired. The Warriors went on to win in overtime after Curry's buzzer beater lifted them to a 121-118 win after they had trailed for nearly the entire game.
"It's a big shot and a big play," said Curry, who danced on the court after pulling up for the game-winner. "A very eventful night overall for a lot of different reasons."
Green didn't make a field goal that night but eventually bounced back as a more confident shooter. It was the trash-talking forward's fiery nature that stayed consistent, as the Warriors went on to win 73 games in the regular season.
The Warriors say that the memorable comeback win that Kerr called spectacular and the regular season game of the year doesn't mean anything when it comes to the playoffs. But their previous success in a wild game at Oklahoma City could pay dividends at a time when the Western Conference finals is tied 1-1 and they'll have to win at least one road game to advance.
"You have to be really tight on the road because things are going to go wrong," Green said. "They're going make a run. The crowd is going to get loud. And that's when you got to come together even more, so I think we do a really good job of that.
"You won't get a cushion on the road, especially in the playoffs. You don't get a cushion or come out slacking and all of a sudden you come back. Not in the playoffs. You've got to come out locked in from the jump, and you've got to be ready to not only match their intensity level, but go way beyond it."
Green's intensity in that regular-season win drew headlines, but the Warriors got past the incident.
"It happened, and we moved past it very quickly, but Draymond and I are good," said Kerr, who during a huddle in the Game 2 win Wednesday patted Green on the chest in encouragement after the player was shaking his head.
"Draymond gives us our edge, and it manifests itself in a lot of different ways, and he wears his heart on his sleeve, and I wouldn't trade him for anybody, and he loves playing here. It's a good mix."
It was Green's emotional nature that led to the joking memories before a playoff game rather than Curry's big shot. After practice, a Warriors employee shot from the very spot Curry pulled up from, but not the MVP himself.
"Honestly I walked off the bus and didn't even think about it once," Curry said.
For more on the Warriors, see the Inside the Warriors blog at www.ibabuzz.com/warriors. Follow Diamond Leung on Twitter at twitter.com/diamond83.
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