A Late-Night Text From Draymond Green Powered Kevin Durant's Game 4 Explosion

Athletes find motivation in a myriad of ways. LeBron James reads The Godfather.Donovan Mitchell stirs up beef over Rookie of the Year. And Kevin Durant waits for a super long text from a teammate at 4 in the morning.

After Durant plodded through a pedestrian Game 3 performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, one that contributed to a blowout loss for the Golden State Warriors to cut their series lead to 2-1, Draymond Green, who was up late watching film of the loss, opened up his phone and let loose on Durant in the wee hours of the night.

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In what is described as a "long-a** text message" by ESPN, Green urged Durant to be more aggressive and pull himself out of his funk.

"I just challenged him to be who he is. I had to tell him," Green told ESPN. "I didn't see him attacking or being aggressive enough on both ends of the floor like we need him to be. You know, I don't hold back. When I see something's wrong, I have to voice my opinion. There were no hard feelings. We're just trying to win a ballgame."

Durant, possibly half-awake, responded with a simple "I got you." He then proceeded to drop 38 points as Golden State ran New Orleans off the floor in Game 4 to go up 3-1 and put the Pelicans in a choke hold.

Draymond Green: text message whisperer.