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Draymond Green: Warriors want to beat Thunder ‘really bad’ for Kevin Durant

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors will meet on Thursday night for the first time since Kevin Durant spurned the former by joining the latter. And with all the rhetoric, sarcastic comments and other assorted drama that has occurred since Durant joined the Warriors, the showdown is one of the most heavily anticipated games of the early 2016-17 NBA season.

Draymond Green seemingly has his finger on the pulse of all the participants in Thursday’s tilt at Oracle Arena. The Warriors superstar summarized the showdown as follows: Everybody wants to beat everybody.

“I think it’ll be a lot of emotions,” Green said, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area. “They’re going to want to beat him really bad. He’s going to want to beat them really bad. In turn, we’re going to want to beat them really bad because we want him to beat them really bad.

“It’ll be a lot of emotions, but it’ll be a fun game to play in. It’s always a high-intensity game against them and I expect nothing less.”

Durant, meanwhile, has attempted to downplay the showdown heading into the game, much as Russell Westbrook has this week.

“I wouldn’t say weird,” Durant said. “I’ll be just locked in, I guess, to following the game plan and just playing.

“Once you step on the court and you see the different jersey, I’m sure it will hit me. But for the most part, once we’re going over game-plan stuff I’ll just try my best to lock in and get ready.”

Whatever Durant and Westbrook — not to mention their respective teammates — have to say about the game, it’s likely everyone involved will be relieved to see Thursday’s tilt in the rear-view mirror.