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Warriors’ Draymond Green says ankle ‘feels a lot better’ after tweaking it against Portland Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) and Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12) guard Portland Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum (3) as he goes up for a basket in the first quarter of Game 5 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) and Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) guard Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum (3) as he goes up for a basket in the first quarter of Game 5 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

Warriors forward Draymond Green said Thursday the left ankle he tweaked in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals was improving.

“It feels a lot better, a lot better than it did last night,” Green told KNBR. “Just really been icing, getting a massage, and you’re really just normal things that it takes to get it back healthy and get ready to go for Monday.”

Green was hobbled after a drive to the basket in the third quarter of the Warrors’ 125-121 win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, going back to the locker room to get the ankle re-taped. He returned to the game in the fourth.

The Warriors open play in the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.

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LeBron James more valuable to his team, NBA than Stephen Curry, according to Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) exchange some words in low tone toward the end of the fourth quarter of a NBA game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Warriors 112-94. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said Thursday he believes LeBron James is more valuable to his team and the NBA than two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry.

“I would have said that Michael Jordan was the MVP every year of his prime, and I would tell you that LeBron is as well,” Griffin told the Jim Rome Show on Thursday. “If V is valuable, I don’t see any way that there’s a player that means more to our league or to his individual team than LeBron does or than Michael did. But I certainly think the seasons that Steph has put together are historically good. He’s a player that has taken a team to an unprecedented record and a championship, and he deserves all the accolades he gets, but in terms of value to a league, I think LeBron is the face of this league just as Michael Jordan was.

“I think so just in terms of the word ‘value,’ and again, we can get into a semantics question there, but I think if we’re really talking about who’s carrying a franchise and a league, I think LeBron does that, and our record without LeBron on the floor is not terribly good. He’s a guy who transcends every analytic metric you could ever use.”

Griffin’s comments came a day after Curry on the court was presented the MVP trophy after becoming the first player to win it by a unanimous vote and James following a third-place finish congratulated the Warriors star.

“I think he definitely deserved it,” James told reporters. “Obviously you look at his numbers, you look at their success. But I think there’s a lot of valuable guys in our league that add value to their team.

“You look at Steph’s numbers. I mean, he averaged 30 (points per game). I think he led the league in steals. He was 90-50-40 (percent on free throws, field goals and 3-point attempts), and they won 73 wins. Can you have really any debate over that really when it comes to that award? But when you talk about most valuable, then you can have a different conversation. But take nothing away from him. He’s definitely deserving of that award for sure.”

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Blazers, Game 5

Golden State Warriors' Leandro Barbosa (19) scores on a three-point basket against Portland Trail Blazers' Allen Crabbe (23) in the third quarter of Game 2 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa (19) scores on a three-point basket against Portland Trail Blazers’ Allen Crabbe (23) in the third quarter of Game 2 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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Live reactions: Stephen Curry MVP press conference, 2 p.m.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) talks to the media with his daughter Riley after their 104-90 win against the Houston Rockets for Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Get live updates and reaction when Warriors star Stephen Curry officially receives his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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Stephen Curry’s family offers emotional congratulations on unanimous MVP award

Stephen Curry makes his whole family laugh, from left, sister Sydel Curry, wife Ayesha Alexander, daughter Riley Curry, mother Sonya and Father Dell during his acceptance speech for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 4, 2015.  (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Stephen Curry makes his whole family laugh, from left, sister Sydel Curry, wife Ayesha Alexander, daughter Riley Curry, mother Sonya and Father Dell during his acceptance speech for the 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, May 4, 2015. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Sydel Curry was emotional upon learning her older brother, Stephen, was the NBA’s first unanimous MVP.

The problem was that the Elon volleyball player was in the middle of preparing for final exams.

“In my bathroom crying like I don’t have a presentation in 10 min lol,” Sydel tweeted. “Man I wish I was in the bay with my fam celebrating. This is amazin.”

The Curry family is expected to join Stephen today at his 2 p.m. press conference at Oracle Arena.

Family was one of the things Curry focused on at last year’s festivities. His voice cracked as he spoke to his father about how meaningful it was to follow in Dell’s footsteps.

“Congrats to my MVP @stephencurry30 on being named the leagues MVP for a second year in a row,” Curry’s wife, Ayesha, wrote on Instragram. “And unanimously at that… I am so proud of you my love. You deserve this.

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Draymond Green’s plan not to give bulletin board material backfired, so he changed course, got Warriors back on track

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) disputes a call against him with official Bill Kennedy (55) during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter of Game 3 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green (23) disputes a call against him with official Bill Kennedy (55) during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers in the third quarter of Game 3 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Draymond Green was relatively quiet on the eve of Game 3. His pregame interview lasted only about three minutes. He fielded questions about trash talking on the court, and they didn’t produce anything particularly noteworthy.

It was all by design, and it backfired as the Warriors lost the game and didn’t show a sense of urgency.

“I knew the (Trail Blazers) needed something to grab hold to (down 0-2 in the series), so I told our team, ‘Don’t give ’em any bulletin board material,'” Green said after the Warriors’ Game 4 win. “And everybody looked at me crazy like, ‘What? Who is this saying this? Like, what’s going on?’ I’m usually the guy to do that, and I’m telling everybody else not to do it? And I thought that worked against us the other night because I felt like we played soft, and I was the catalyst of us playing soft.”

Green changed his tone immediately after the Game 3 loss, essentially guaranteeing a win in Game 4 if the Warriors came to play and noting that the Trail Blazers had shown doubt. He had Damian Lillard wondering what mind games he was playing.

“I wanted to give them bulletin board material,” Green said.

“It wasn’t no disrespect to them. It was more so at my guys to make our guys respond to what I’m saying.”

Green said he also made comments to motivate himself, and that worked. He had a career-high seven blocks in Game 4.

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Live playoff updates tonight: Warriors vs. Blazers, Game 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) leaves practice the day before Game 4 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) leaves practice the day before Game 4 of the second round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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