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NBA - US Sports: Doncic sees Green as Dubs key

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic believes Draymond Green is the key man in the Golden State Warriors team ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.

Dallas head to Golden State for the series opener and they are 7/4 to win in the Money Line, while the Warriors can be backed at 10/21.

Headliners in fine fettle

Golden State pair Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson generally grab the headlines and 'The Splash Brothers' have been in fine form throughout the playoffs. 

Curry is averaging 26.9 points-per-game in the postseason, while Thompson is averaging 20.4 and - as always - they have been deadly from range and the two Dubs superstars are both averaging 3.8 three-pointers made per-game in the playoffs. 

Doncic has plenty of respect for Golden State's backcourt duo but he feels Green's importance to the team gets overlooked and he has highlighted the 32-year-old forward as they key man in the Dubs lineup ahead of the best-of-seven series.

"Obviously, Klay and Steph are incredible offensive guys, but I think the key to the Warriors' team is Draymond [Green]," Doncic told reporters on Tuesday, via Fadeaway World.

"He's just unbelievable. I really respect him and everything he does. Obviously, no disrespect, but he's not the best offensive guy.

"But he impacts the game in every other category, so I really have a lot of respect for his game."

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The Eastern Conference Finals began on Tuesday and Miami Heat landed the first blow as they claimed a 118-107 win over Boston Celtics, with Heat star Jimmy Butler managing a game-high 41 points on 12-for-19 shooting. 

Game 2 of that series takes place in Miami on Thursday.

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