Celtics great Cedric Maxwell to Warriors’ Draymond Green in physical dispute: ‘Ask your dad who I was’

Celtics great Cedric Maxwell to Warriors’ Draymond Green in physical dispute: ‘Ask your dad who I was’

Physics was a major talking point in the NBA Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics. Celtics great Cedric Maxwell and Golden State forward Draymond Green have started an entertaining beef as they chat about what the game was like in the 80s and 90s.

Maxwell didn’t believe in Golden State’s toughness even before the series started. He called the Warriors “tuxedo players”, not wanting to be touched. While Game 1 saw a dominant performance from the Celtics, Game 2 saw a lot more physicality from the Warriors, with Green taking it upon himself to elevate the physicality.

Boston started the series in dominant fashion after a massive fourth quarter gave them a 120-108 win in Game 1. Golden State stormed away to even the series with a 107-88 blowout in the game 2, but Maxwell was unimpressed with how Green chose to play. (NSFW music video)

“I will be as clear as possible” Maxwell told Gary Payton on Sunday. “That shit that Draymond Green was doing, in the 80s, he would have been knocked out.”

Maxwell played for Boston from 1977 to 1985 and was part of the Celtics’ championship teams in 1981 and 1984, winning the Finals MVP in 1981. Green, who is known for speaking his mind, responded during Tuesday’s press conference by questioning Maxwell’s role as a badass in the ’80s.

“Some of the guys talking weren’t the ones hitting people,” Green said. “There were a few guys back then that kicked you out, knocked you out, fouled you up and got kicked out of the game: Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn. But everyone was running around acting like they were that . were being harassed.”

Green said not everyone who played in those decades was as tough as they seemed. He hinted that players like Maxwell probably wouldn’t have been the ones to knock him out had he been around at that time. Needless to say, Maxwell was not a fan of this answer.

“You keep saying nobody hit anybody. You ask Charles Barkley what happened when he and I had a fight when I was in LA with the Clippers,” Maxwell said on NBC SportsBoston.

“Draymond wasn’t even born when I was playing. …Draymond, ask your dad who I was.”

As the physical discussion continues, Celtics goaltender Marcus Smart probably said it best when he said his team will have to fight fire with fire.” Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET at TD Garden.

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