SAN FRANCISCOThe marrow-level fear of losing two games in the NBA Finals was overwhelming. He arrived for Game 2 with a determination to be as annoying as possible for as long as necessary. He argued with almost every official during the contest's 48-minute duration. player — and he threw his body around on the court with an almost uncontrollable fury.
This is how it works: A technical foul was awarded to the man midway through the first half for a play that went his way. Yes, Green set a tone for the game.‘ Chase Center was pleased to even the series, and it was a great sound.
GreenIt would change everything. He stated that the Celtics needed him to feel more and went outside to unleash a sensory experience similar to standing under a waterfall. Brown was assigned his primary defensive role and he was 5-for-17 from the field. But that wasn't all. Green was perhaps the most intelligent defender in league history and ended up protecting three to four different Celtics on numerous possessions. He was always there when he was needed.
When did he know the Warriors would get the extra-spicy Green version for Game 2?“About five minute after Game 1,” said he.
Green was so excited about the game that there was a real possibility that he would be expelled. The first technical foul was the last straw. He spoke non-stop to everyone who would listen, including those who preferred not to. He held every entanglement with Celtics player — many — for a good few seconds more than recommended. The referees had to take off their headsets for a closer inspection to determine if Green's night was over. For reasons that the Celtics did not understand, it was not, but Green didn't seem to be concerned.
Green stated, “It is impossible for me to just sit back and say, ‘Oh, I’m going to push this to the edge and try to pull it back. That don’t work.” “I have to be me. So, the first tech — it's what it IS. It doesn't stop me being aggressive on the court or doing what I do. Accept the results and live with them.”
And he seemed to know precisely where the line was. Maybe because, as the Celtics would argue, he was the one who marked it.
One point in the third-quarter,Draymond Light, Boston's referee, talked to Green about a matter that had absolutely nothing to do. However, Green was there chest to chest. Green refused to give up on anything, not this night. He remained determined to keep the waters boiling.
Green was active but not passive. WhenA technical foul was issued for tripping Green leaned down on the table of the scorer and observed the officials review the replay. He also provided an ongoing commentary to Tony Brothers, the referee. Green is the Warriors' public defense, and is obligated to handle every case.
Green stated that “We knew we needed to keep our foot on it and not let down.” “We did that.”
Green's stats were not impressive — nine points and five rebounds, seven assists — however, he ate up the scenery throughout the night. He harassed and subjugated Brown. He strippedThe ball was taken to the lane by Horford in the first quarter.
Curry stated that some of this stuff may not always be visible on the stat sheets. Curry said, “But you can feel him in your presence, and the rest of the team feels his intensity and presence, and that's contagious.”
It would be an honor to describe Horford passive. His 26-point, 9-of-12 shooting performance in Game 1 (including 6-of-8 on 3s) meant that he didn’t take any shots in the first half. Horford only hit one shot midway through the third quarter. His performance was representative of the Celtics' poor play. Horford took a corner pass after an offensive rebound had him just under the basket. Although he was slow on defense, the Warriors engaged him in pick and roll situations. Horford wandered the court like he just got home from a night at the airport.
Horford was clearly dismissive of the possibility that Green's antics had infiltrated his mind and that of his teammates. “No impact. He'll do what he does. We are not concerned about him.”
Green shared his view.
Green stated, “I believe everybody played with more force.” “It wasn’t just me. It was all over the board. It doesn't work if I pick up my own force and no one else does.
Green sat in an interview room after Game 1, and went over the Celtics' shooting stats. Smart, White, Horford and White all presented games that Green did not see as sustainable. Green waved the stats sheet around and shook it off. He could bear it. It wouldn't happen again. He would do that.
Green declared, “That's what I do,” after his prediction was confirmed in Game 2. “Just like Steph Curry sets a tone on offense, it's mine to set the tone defensively.
“I must continue doing that in this series. It's going to get harder. It's going to get more difficult.
It's difficult to discern if this was a promise, threat, or impossible. That's up to the Celtics. With less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Boston seemed content to take the series with them tied. Coach Ime Udoka cleared his benches with just 10 minutes remaining.
The Celtics were prepared to leave San Francisco and Draymond green for now.