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Draymond Green went for ex-NBA star’s DMs just minutes after Game 4 win

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 apparently went straight for his phone after his team pulled out their most important win of the season.

Speaking on his show for fuboTV before Friday’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals, retired former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas had a sharp criticism of Green. Arenas said that Green would be to blame if the Warriors lost the series.

Golden State went on to defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2. Arenas shared the follow-up, which was that Green sent him a DM just three minutes after the game went final. Green apparently told Arenas that he did not take the comments as a slight and that he appreciated Arenas. Take a listen (but beware of the bad language).

Green had been a steaming mess this series, especially during Golden State’s losses in Games 1 and 3. In Game 4, his shot was still M.I.A. as he went just 1-for-7 from the floor (with his only score coming on a wide-open putback dunk). Green was even benched for a good chunk of the fourth quarter by Warriors coach Steve Kerr. But Green still managed to do enough of the little things with nine rebounds, eight assists, and four steals to help the Warriors gut out the massive victory.

The former Defensive Player of the Year Green does not always play nice with his critics, even if those critics have played the game before. But this interaction with Arenas was actually a lot more wholesome than we have come to expect from Green.

ESPN tries to censor Celtics fans’ anti-Draymond Green chant

Warriors players resting

Boston Celtics fans were at it again on Friday night with their anti-Draymond Green chants. ABC/ESPN were ready for them.

During the first half of Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Boston, Celtics fans started back up with their chants against Green.

Fans could be heard chanting “f— you Draymond,” inside TD Garden.

That’s the same chant that was heard in Game 3 (video here).

ABC/ESPN didn’t want that type of profane chant to go out on their telecast, especially with the game being broadcast over the air. So they did their best to muffle the chants.

You can hear how the chants became less clear, though the profanity initially was uncensored.

Some with the Warriors took offense to the chants.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and guard Klay Thompson took aim at Celtics fans over the chants. Green’s wife also expressed her strong displeasure with Boston fans.

Report: Celtics coaches listening to Draymond Green podcast

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 may be dismissive of the notion that his podcast is giving away any valuable intel to opponents of the Golden State Warriors. But at least one rival team is tuning in to decide for themselves whether they can gain any insight by listening to Green’s show.

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Thursday that several Boston Celtics coaches have been listening to Green’s show to see if the Warriors forward divulges any information of value to them following games.

Green began publishing his “The Draymond Green Show” on Nov. 15. At first he was publishing episodes on a weekly basis. But once the playoffs began, he started to publish new shows after each game.

Dallas Mavericks staffers listened to the show during the conference finals to see if they could get any inside information about the Warriors’ approach. Celtics staffers are doing the same.

Fischer asked Green after the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to Boston Wednesday whether the Golden State forward felt his show could be giving away any information to opponents. Green was dismissive of the question and reacted in a testy manner.

Green may be minimizing how much information his podcasts reveal. But he did share that the Warriors would plan to contest shots from Derrick White, Marcus Smart and Al Horford following the trio’s success in Game 1. Boston at least knew that was coming for Game 2. Golden State won Game 2 anyway.

Maybe Green is not revealing any more in his podcast than he does in postgame media sessions. But the fact that he’s spending time doing his show — and talking about series as they’re ongoing — is unusual. The whole thing opens him up to immediate criticism unless he backs it up on the court.

Adam Silver weighs in on Celtics fans’ profane chant to Draymond Green

Adam Silver speaking

Jun 2, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks to media before game one of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors are having a difficult time dealing with the unwelcome treatment they have received from Boston Celtics during the NBA Finals. For now, Golden State is not getting a lot of sympathy from the league’s commissioner.

Silver spoke with WCVB’s Peter Eliopoulos for an interview on Thursday. The NBA commissioner was asked for his response to the controversy over profane chants Celtics fans directed at Draymond Green during Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday. The commish backed the fans.

“I want fans to enjoy themselves. Of course, as the league office, you want to see it done with respect for all the participants. But I get it. I love the energy that Boston fans bring to the game,” Silver said.

Look, these are the NBA Finals. Hostility towards the opponents is the expectation. The way fans treat opponents is a huge part of sports — especially when the stakes are the highest. The Warriors are acting very soft by complaining about routine heckling they’ve faced in enemy territory. The Warriors also come across as extremely hypocritical, as if their fans have been extra classy this postseason.

At least Silver is backing the fans in this case.

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.

Al Horford’s sister had big complaint about Draymond Green during Game 2

Al Horford's sister Anna take a selfie

Anna Horford was once again active on the bird during Sunday’s game.

Anna, sister of Boston Celtics big man Al Horford, complained on Twitter about Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the first half of Boston’s eventual blowout loss in Game 2 of the Finals.

“If Draymond can’t outplay an opponent, he simply resorts to playing dirty,” Anna wrote along with a throwing-up emoji.

Later, Anna aired another grievance about Green supposedly getting away with constantly fouling her brother.

Though it is extremely on-brand for him by now, Green sparked controversy during Game 2, this time for an early incident with Celtics forward Grant Williams. Green would receive a technical foul for the dust-up.

Later in the half, Green also got into a bit of an altercation with Celtics star Jaylen Brown. The two players had to be separated after getting tangled up, but fortunately for Green, he did not pick up a second technical foul.

Green actually played well in the Warriors’ lopsided win, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, and seven assists as a plus-seven from the floor. As for Anna, she would later complain about Warriors guard Jordan Poole as well. Poole had an incident where he seemed to trip Celtics guard Derrick White in the second quarter.

Anna has been a very loud voice in support of her brother Al these playoffs, especially when the Celtics have been doing well. On Sunday, the Celtics did poorly, and Anna was just as loud … only this time with gripes.