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Warriors' big men must come up big in Game 3 against Thunder

The Warriors' big men might be just as important as the Splash Brothers right now.

"When the shot goes up, you can't be watching, looking for the rebound," Golden State forward Draymond Green said.

The Thunder won the battle of the boards by eight in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals and seized home-court advantage with a 108-102 win. Golden State bounced back in Game 2 and outrebounded Oklahoma City by nine in a 118-91 victory. The series shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 3 on Sunday.

Golden State's Game 2 effort on the glass was a surprising development. The Warriors are a smaller team; the Thunder were the league's top rebounding team during the...