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Draymond Green’s wife complains about Celtics fans

Draymond Green talks to reporters

Draymond Green’s wife has joined the chorus of people associated with the Golden State Warriors unhappy with how Boston Celtics fans treated players during Wednesday’s NBA Finals Game 3.

Green was the subject of profane chanting by Celtics fans during Game 3 (video here). The chants got the attention of a number of Warriors players, as well as family members sitting in the stands.

Green’s wife Hazel Renee was angry at how Celtics fans behaved, and was also critical of the NBA for failing to enforce its code of conduct. In a social media post, she complained about fans being “allowed to chant obscenities at players” without receiving any punishment, especially with kids at the game. She also added that Warriors fans “would never.”

Green’s coach and one of his teammates had a similar take on the chanting. Green, for what it’s worth, mostly shrugged it off when he was asked about it following the Warriors’ loss.

On one hand, vulgar chants like the one Celtics fans used are not necessarily something one would want their kids hearing at a game. Renee is also correct that this would theoretically violate the NBA’s fan code of conduct, though this sort of foul language rarely actually gets anyone in trouble at a game.

On the other hand, Green embraces this sort of attention. He’s a lightning rod of criticism from rival fans, and he usually relishes the villain role in opposing arenas. Green himself said he expected the reaction he got, after all.

Green isn’t even the first player in the postseason to get this sort of treatment from opposing fans. In that case, the player and his teammates actually made the most of it and basically embraced the hate. Green and the Warriors might be better off doing the same, whether that expectation is fair or not.

ESPN personality delivers brutal takedown of Draymond Green

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green is getting plenty of criticism for his brutal NBA Finals Game 3 performance, but one ESPN personality may have delivered the most devastating takedown of all.

Kendrick Perkins summed up Green’s performance with a brutal tweet about Green after Wednesday’s game. The former Boston Celtics essentially said Green looked like he was more worried about his postgame podcast than he was about his actual performance.

Perkins went deeper on Thursday’s edition of “Get Up!” and accused Green of not doing the basic things needed in order to help the Warriors win.

“Did I lie? Last night, Draymond was nonexistent. How are you going to poke the bear in Game 2, talk that noise, do all that roughriding stuff in Game 2 at home, then you get into that hostile environment against the Celtics and you don’t even help your guys fight the bear? You poke the bear and don’t even help your guys fight the bear.

“Draymond Green did absolutely nothing last night to effect the game. And I’m not talking about things that show up in the stat sheet. I’m talking about actually anchoring the defense. I’m talking about actually boxing out.”

Green’s podcast is definitely becoming a hot-button issue for critics. The Warriors forward has been recording episodes after his games, prompting questions about whether it is more of a distraction than anything else. That is especially true when Green provided just two points, four rebounds, and three assists in a brutal Game 3.

Green and Perkins have clashed before, and it’s hard to believe Green will let these latest comments pass without a response. That’s always been Green’s way, but one has to wonder if it’s what he should be worrying about with the Warriors facing a 2-1 series deficit.

Video: Celtics fans have profane chant for Draymond Green

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics fans did not hold back when it came to trash-talking Draymond Green on Wednesday night.

The Celtics beat the Warriors 116-100 to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Green had just 2 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in the game.

Green got into it with Grant Williams and Jaylen Brown in separate incidents in Game 2 of the series in San Francisco. So it was no surprise to see Celtics fans treat Green as the villain in Game 3.

Green was booed during introductions.

Things continued when the game began as Celtics fans yelled “Draymond sucks.”

Late in the game, Celtics fans in attendance chanted “f— you Draymond.”

Is there any question that Celtics fans dislike Green? Between his annoying and physical style of play, plus his podcast where he talks about playoff series will playing in them, Green has made himself the center of attention. It’s no surprise that Celtics fans pounced at their first opportunity to give it to Green.

Video: Draymond Green gets testy with reporter asking about his podcast

Draymond Green talks to reporters

Draymond Green got testy with a reporter after his Golden State Warriors lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night 116-100 to the Boston Celtics.

One media member asked Green after the game whether the Warriors forward may have been concerned about the Celtics listening to his podcast for inside information. Green seemed annoyed and insulted by the query.

“You reaching for something … reaching heavy,” he said.

Green then mocked the reporter for suggesting the Celtics could be getting any information from the Warriors forward’s show, which he has been conducting throughout the postseason.

Green knew that hosting a podcast throughout the postseason would bring him attention. He would receive positive attention after wins, but he had to know people would point to his “misplaced priorities” following losses.

The only way for Green to shut up the critics is by winning the championship. If he does that, then he will have proof that conducting his own show doesn’t prevent his team from winning a title. If his team loses, he will take all sorts of blame.

Old Draymond Green quote goes viral after brutal Game 3 performance

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green put on a disaster class in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday and is now getting appropriately roasted for it.

The Golden State Warriors star stank up TD Garden with just two points, three rebounds, and four assists in the Warriors’ 116-100 loss to the Boston Celtics. Green also posted a team-worst plus-minus of -13, missed three of his four shot attempts (including both three-pointers), and fouled out with over four minutes left in the game.

In the wake of Green’s clunker, one of his old quotes went viral. After Game 1 of the series, in which he had also struggled, Green boldly declared that “I won’t play as bad as I played again.” You can read his full comments here.

Unfortunately for Green, who managed a 4-11-5 line in Game 1, he actually managed to play even worse in Game 3. Green gave up a repugnant amount of offensive rebounds and easy putbacks to Celtics center Robert Williams and was barely guarded by Boston on the other end, yet couldn’t capitalize.

The ex-All-Star Green did have a nice outing in Game 2, which the Warriors won, and has been mostly effective on defense against players like Jaylen Brown. But in Game 3, he just looked old, slow, and overmatched. Green may also be hearing it from one of his biggest critics after that raspberry.

Draymond Green makes bold declaration ahead of Game 2 of Finals

Draymond Green smiling

Feb 20, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) stands on the court before the game against the Houston Rockets at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green, in true Draymond Green fashion, is remaining defiant despite his team’s meltdown in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The Golden State Warriors forward Green reacted to Thursday’s loss to the Boston Celtics on the latest episode of his podcast for The Volume this week. One notable moment in the episode saw Green make a bold declaration — that he would not play as poorly as he did in Game 1 again this series.

“Most people will leave this game saying, ‘[Jayson] Tatum struggled, he won’t struggle like that again, the Warriors are in trouble,'” said Green. “I personally leave that game saying, ‘Hmmm, I won’t play as bad as I played again.’ Which will affect our team in a positive way.”

Green also said that he did not make “too much” of the defeat. He noted that the Warriors did a lot of standing around offensively during the second half and rotated poorly on defense at times against the Celtics’ dynamic drivers. Those are both problems that Green thinks his team can fix.

The four-time All-Star Green definitely put up a stinker in Game 1. He shot 2-for-12 from the field (including missing all four of his three-point attempts and all three of his free-throw attempts) to finish with four total points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. Green was also the only player on either side to foul out of the game.

That said, Green, who now has 28 career games of NBA Finals experience under his belt, is confident that he will not lay another egg in this series. Green also offered another explanation after Game 1 for why Boston’s performance might be unsustainable.

Patrick Beverley singles out 1 player after Warriors’ Game 1 loss

Patrick Beverley reacts to a play

Nov 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley (22) enters a game against Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter at Staples Center. The Clippers won 129-102. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics dominated the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter en route to a comeback win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. A lot of that had to do with several Celtics role players catching fire at the right time, but Patrick Beverley thinks one particular leader failed to step up for Golden State late in the game.

Beverley, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, was asked after Game 1 if anything stuck out to him while looking over the box score. He pointed to Draymond Green’s performance in the fourth quarter.

“I’m gonna (look at) the person who played the second-most minutes in the fourth quarter, Draymond Green,” Beverley said. “Obviously he’s been playing well throughout the playoffs coming back from an injury. But tonight, you see in the fourth quarter (he had) two turnovers and three fouls. Obviously we’re not looking for him to score 30 points, but his job is to impact winning at an elite level, especially at winning time.”

The Celtics have youth on their side in the NBA Finals, and that was evident down the stretch in their 120-108 win. The Warriors simply could not keep up with Boston’s ball movement in the fourth quarter. That led to great looks for guys like Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Derrick White and Payton Pritchard. Jayson Tatum shot just 3-of-17, but he impacted the game in a big way with 13 assists.

Boston shot 51.2 percent from 3-point range. Green was quick to point out how they cannot expect that same production going forward, but the Warriors still need to make major adjustments. Horford’s ability to stretch the floor became a problem for Green. Klay Thompson also had no answer defensively for Jaylen Brown.

There is certainly no need for panic after one game, but the Warriors showed their age on Thursday night.

Draymond Green shares what went wrong in Warriors’ Game 1 loss

Draymond Green in a warmup shirt

May 18, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game one of the 2022 western conference finals against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Draymond Green has a good idea about why the Boston Celtics were able to beat the Golden State Warriors 120-108 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

Green spoke to reporters after the game. He cited the Celtics’ ability to keep the game close, as well as their success shooting 3-pointers, as reasons why the Warriors are now in a 1-0 hole.

“They stayed within striking distance,” Green said. “And they made shots late. We’ll be fine, we’ll figure out ways we can stop them from getting those threes. We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes.

“They hit 21 threes, and Marcus Smart, Al Horford and Derrick White combined for 15 of them.”

The Warriors were unable to put away the Celtics early. They led 92-80 at the end of the third quarter, but were outscored 40-16 in the fourth quarter. This included a 17-0 run by the Celtics to secure the win.

While Golden State typically outshoots their opponents from 3-point range, that wasn’t the case in Game 1.

The Celtics shot 51.2 percent from 3-point range, while the Warriors shot 42.2 percent. Horford made six 3-pointers, while White made five and Smart made four.

The Celtics’ 21 three-pointers could turn out to be an outlier in the series, but what likely won’t go away is their never-give-up attitude. The Warriors learned that the hard way in Game 1, but can make up for it by playing a full 48 minutes in Game 2 on Sunday.

Steve Kerr has high praise for 1 Celtics player

Steve Kerr looks on from the sideline

Jan 18, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Orlando Magic at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart reminds Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr of one of his own players.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday ahead of the NBA Finals, Kerr said that Smart’s tenacity on defense was similar to that of Draymond Green.

“I kind of described Marcus yesterday as the guard version of Draymond,” Kerr said. “He’s just all over the place defensively. There’s a reason he won Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a great defender and probably an underrated offensive player as well.”

Kerr wasn’t the only person to heap praise onto Smart ahead of the NBA Finals.

Smart’s defensive prowess was on full display during the regular season. He finished the season with the seventh-most steals per game in the NBA (1.68), and was tied for sixth in total steals (119) as well.

While Smart is known more for his defense, he’s been productive on the opposite end of the court as well during the playoffs.

In 15 games, the 28-year-old has averaged 15.5 points and is shooting just under 40 percent from the field. Smart scored 24 points in Boston’s Game 7 win over the Miami Heat in the Western Conference Finals.

While Smart will play a key role in Boston’s success this series, he may have unintentionally provided some extra motivation for a Warriors team looking to win their fourth title in the last eight years.

Kevin Durant responds to ‘100% false’ claim from Draymond Green

Kevin Durant dribbles

Oct 11, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Curry has never won an NBA Finals MVP, which is somewhat of a surprise given all he has accomplished in his career. Draymond Green this week tried to explain why that means nothing for Curry’s legacy, and Kevin Durant did not appreciate the way Green went about it.

On the latest episode of his podcast, Green spoke about Curry not having an NBA Finals MVP award in his trophy case. He said anyone who thinks his Golden State Warriors teammate needs that piece of hardware to complete his resume does not know how the game works. Green said one of the reasons Durant was named NBA Finals MVP twice is because Curry was double-teamed way more than K.D.

“Kevin Durant was absolutely incredible in those Finals runs as you know,” Green said. “You watched it. We all watched it. Kevin Durant was absolutely insane. Steph Curry got double-teamed probably seven times the amount that KD did in a given series. So, when you watch those games and you say, ‘Ah, his numbers could be a little down…’ He’s facing a double team.”

As he often does, Durant responded on Twitter. He said Green’s claim about double-teams is “100% false.”

A lot of game footage would have to be analyzed to see how many double-teams Durant and Curry faced during Golden State’s NBA Finals runs. However, Green’s claim was supported by something Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyrann Lue said after his team faced the Warriors back in February.

Lue, who was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers three of the times they faced the Warriors in the Finals, said he has so much respect for Curry that he had his teams focus primarily on Curry even with Durant and Klay Thompson on the floor.

“You got to remember in 2017 and 2018, we blitzed (Curry) still with Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant on the floor,” Lue said. “That’s how dangerous I think he is.”

Green obviously did not mean to diminish what Durant accomplished. Though, the two have had some very public feuds over the years. He was simply stating that Curry not winning an NBA Finals MVP award in three tries is not an indicator of his importance to the team. We are not surprised Durant felt the need to chime in.