NBA Finals Notebook: Draymond Green eager to make amends for lackluster game 1

Draymond Green was in good spirits Saturday after finishing Game One of the NBA Finals with 4 points while firing 2 of 12 off the field.

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San Francisco – As he struggled throughout his first appearance in the NBA Finals, Golden State Warriors third-year guard Jordan Paul heard barbs from a much more important source than he might have seen on television and social media.

Warriors striker Draymond Green looked unhappy with Paul as he struggled with the Warriors’ 120-108 loss to the Boston Celtics on Thursday in the first game of the NBA Finals. But since finishing with nine points in shooting 2 of 7 and four turnovers, he heard Paul Green deliver a different message and tone entering Game 2 on Sunday (8 ET, ABC).

“Just stick with it. “It’s basketball,” Green recalls telling NBA.com Paul told NBA.com. “It’s one match. He will bounce back.”

Green is similarly optimistic about his ability to recover after finishing the first game with just four points plus three turnovers and six fouls.

Unmoved, Green blamed himself after losing the Warriors 1 game and after training on Saturday for a specific reason.

“If I can’t hold myself accountable, I can’t hold Jordan Ball responsible,” Greene said. “I can’t hold anyone else responsible if I can’t look in the mirror and hold myself accountable.”

So, Green spits out a serum of truth about his play. Green undoubtedly undertook to shoot better than the 2-for-12 clip showed. But he emphasized that he liked his aggressiveness, indicated by his attempts at fielding shots. To reduce his turnover, Green explained the need to “not make mental mistakes.” As the Celtics overcame a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Green blamed himself for the Warriors’ poor defense.

Overall, Green concluded that he needed to “raise my play completely by a few notches”.

Draymond Green: I think we have to play more aggressively on the defensive side.

The Warriors relied on Green playing at his best through three NBA rounds in five Finals. But during that time, he had a long history of blaming himself for a poor performance before getting corrected.

After completing 4 of 17 shots in Games 2 and 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals against Cleveland, Green improved to 14 of 32 in Games 4 through 6. After performing 2 of 16 in Games 3 and 4 in the 2016 Conference Semifinals Western against Oklahoma City, Green fired 4 of 10 at the Warriors after two wins. After shooting 2 of 9 in the Warriors’ Game 1 loss in the 2019 NBA Finals against Toronto, Green responded with 12 points in a 6 of 12 shot in a Game 2 victory.

No wonder the Warriors see Green’s Game 1 slip as a harbinger of Game 2’s highlight reel.

“There is no other scenario where I see him playing differently than him coming off with so much energy and focus,” said Stephen Curry, Warriors goalkeeper, of Green. “He takes all of these things personally in terms of his level and what he knows he can do out there on the ground. When he doesn’t deliver on that, he’s usually very honest and accountable to himself to the team.”

Why does Green take this approach? It’s not just upping his game. He thinks it elevates others too. At the end of Warriors training, Green attempted to ignite a loose and competitive environment. He showed excitement after making a handful of 3 pointers. He also talked about trash and encouraged his teammates during their shots from the free throw line.

“The only thing I hate is leaders who, when everything is good, are all. They do it all. They make it all happen. When things hit the fan, it’s everyone’s fault,” Green said. And we don’t. We take it on the chin. That’s what I’ve always learned my whole life. I understand that in the end, if you play well, we’ll win.”


He also encourages the rest of the vets on the Warriors Bowl

Green wasn’t the only one offering Paul encouragement and constructive feedback. Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andre Iguodala got a ticket from the deli so they could share their year.

Cary Paul encouraged “to be yourself,” while Thompson asked Paul to “relax and not be hard on yourself.” However, Carey and Iguodala also provided tactical feedback.

Iguodala reprimanded Paul after he committed one of his four shifts in Game 1. Since then, Iguodala said the two have talked about “how we can mitigate some of the things that might be thrown at us.” As for Carrie?

“Remember how you felt in terms of your adrenaline and your emotions coming into the game to try and assert yourself,” Curry said. “Maybe slow down a little bit to see the visuals a little better. But he doesn’t have to change anything about how he plays or how he attacks or where he feels more confident about making an impact on the game. You just have to be able to suppress those feelings.”

Paul seems to have listened. Warriors praised his habits of preparation by asking questions, studying game shots, and practicing hard. To clear his mind, Paul spent his spare time watching movies, playing music, and napping. “I will find ways to stay aggressive,” Paul said.

Warriors thought he would.

“It was a tough night for him, but I have complete confidence that tomorrow will be much better,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.


Celtics brings awareness to WNBA star Britney Grenier

The Celtics aren’t just looking to make a statement with their play. They are looking to make a statement with their gestures.

Prior to Saturday’s training, the Celtics wore T-shirts with the message, “We are BG.” The Celtics did this to bring more awareness to WNBA star Brittney Grenier, who has been detained by the Russian government since February 17 on drug charges.

“We wanted to go out and show our support for Britney Grenier,” Celtics goalkeeper Jaylen Brown said. “She’s been there for a long period of time, and we feel like that’s enough.”

Celtics forward Grant Williams, vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, recently came up with the idea of ​​the team wearing T-shirts in hopes of speeding her comeback. Initially, the NBA and WNBA had a low-key approach amid concerns about tensions between the United States and Russia since the invasion of Ukraine. But the approach changed last month after the State Department ruled on May 3 that Greiner was “unjustly detained.”

Ahead of Game One of the NBA Finals, Commissioner Adam Silver said, “We are working closely with the U.S. government and outside experts to try to expedite her release in any way we can.” The Celtics also tweeted a link to Web site “We are BG”which has a Change.org petition calling on the White House and the Biden administration to “get Britney home quickly and safely.”

“We just wanted to show that togetherness and love that we have not just in the NBA but in the WNBA,” Williams said. “She’s been a vital part of the WNBA over the years, in college, and in the amount of impact she’s made on young female athletes, the USA and beyond. We hope you bring her back to the States and reunite with her family and do what she loves and bring that love and perseverance that she plays with. Always on the field.”


The Celtics ignored the Green Scout Report

Surveying the box results after the Warriors’ Game 1 loss, Green focused on the Celtics’ three-point shot led by Marcus Smart (4 for 7), Al Horford (6 for 8) and Derek White (5) for 8. Green shrugged his shoulders and said, “We’ll be fine.”

Inaccurate implication: Warriors don’t believe Horford and White can maintain these outdoor shooting numbers. Greene said it in his podcast.

“We knew what their game plan was, so it’s just up to us,” White said. He said what he said. Just going into Game 2, we just have the right mindset to do whatever it takes to help us win games.”


Will Payton play in Game 2?

The Warriors finally brought out second Gary Payton to play in the first, ending an eight-game absence while suffering a broken left elbow. However, Payton stayed on the bench as a healthy scratcher.

“I haven’t felt comfortable playing it in important minutes so far,” Kerr said. “I thought and the coaching staff felt that he needed more time. I expect he will be available for more than that tomorrow.”

Kerr said he considered entering Payton “late in the game.” Although Kerr said Payton’s conditioning has remained sharp, Kerr has also had concerns about Payton’s shot and ball handling since he sustained an elbow injury in his dominant arm.

However, Payton said it is still “available” and “ready to go”.

“I try to tell him I’m ready every day,” Payton said of Kerr. “I hope it sinks sooner or later.”

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