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Draymond Green’s intensity on the court may have played a part in the Golden State Warriors’ 107-88 win over the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, depending on who you ask.
Green received a technical foul after a brief skirmish with Celtics forward Grant Williams and continued to upset his opponents even with the prospect of potentially being ejected from the game with another technician on the table.
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The Warriors forward would have another incident with Jaylen Brown in the second quarter. Brown shot and Green shut down hard, knocking the Celtics guard to the ground. Green had his legs on Brown and after Brown pushed Green’s legs off of him, the two got into a brief hubbub.
After the game, Brown addressed what he thought was “illegal play”.
“I’m just trying to play basketball. I feel like it was an illegal game. I felt like it could have been called, but they let it go,” he said. via NBC Sports Boston.
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“I don’t know what I’m supposed to do there. Some guy has his legs over your head, then he tried to pull my pants down. I don’t know what it is. But it is Draymond Green He’s doing whatever it takes to win. He’ll pull you and catch you, and ruin the game. That’s what he’s doing for this team. It’s no wonder. “
Green’s teammate Stephen Curry praised his intensity immediately after the win.
“He was just being himself. Finding different ways to impact the game on both sides of the pitch,” Curry said. “Sometimes it shows up in the stat sheet across the board, sometimes you just feel his energy and his focus and his passion and it gives us a lot of life.”
Green had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds. His counterpart, Al Horford, denied that Green had any influence on the game.
“No impact. I mean he’s going to do what he does, we don’t worry about that. We’re going to do what we do, focus on ourselves and we just didn’t do it tonight. We’ll be better at home in Game 3,” added Horford, via NESN.
Curry had 29 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to help Golden State rebound from a Game 1 loss and bring the even-numbered series back to the East Coast.
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Game 3 between the Warriors and Celtics is Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Boston.