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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.

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.