Celtics-Warriors: Steve Kerr sarcastically calls Boston fans ‘classics’ for chants directed at Draymond Green

Celtics-Warriors: Steve Kerr sarcastically calls Boston fans ‘classics’ for chants directed at Draymond Green

The Boston Celtics regained control of the 2022 NBA Finals on Wednesday night as they pulled away from the Golden State Warriors in the final stretch to secure a 116-100 win in Game 3 and take a 2-1 series lead. . While the action on the pitch sparked plenty of talking points, there was also a lot going on on the pitch. The Celtics crowd, which was particularly hostile to Draymond Green, became a storyline throughout the night – to the point that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and several players spoke about it after the game.

Boston has always been known for having great playoff environments, and Game 3 was no exception. With the Finals back in Boston for the first time since 2010, a late start at 9 p.m. local time, and their team coming off a loss, the locals brought everything they had. TD Garden was loud long before the whistleblower, and the atmosphere impressed everyone from the broadcast team to the Warriors Beat Reporters.

As expected, the crowd had something extra for Green. The Warriors forward is a villain in all arenas of the road, but after his performance (and his antics) in Game 2, Celtics fans were hot. It only took them a few minutes to starts to rain chants “f— you Draymond”and they laughed at him at every opportunity.

These often came all night, like Green played one of his worst playoff games, finishing with two points, four rebounds, three assists and more turnovers (two) than baskets made (one). He also fouled out in the fourth quarter, much to the delight of the crowd.

But despite all the excitement and backlash in the media, the Warriors players insisted the atmosphere was not a factor in the loss. Green said he expected that kind of atmosphere and didn’t want to give them a reaction. “Par for the course,” said Steph Curry. “In every arena, you kind of get a little something. It’s been like that through every playoff and every run we’ve done on the course. He expects that. So it’s no different this evening.”

Kerr and Klay Thompson, however, seemed to take offense at the language used. “Classic,” Kerr said. “Very classy.”

“[The crowd] was not a factor,” Thompson said. “We’ve played in front of rude people before. Drop F-bombs with kids in the crowd. Really classy. Good job, Boston.”

While the Warriors tried to downplay the effect the fans had on the game, the Celtics praised him in the other interview room. In particular, Al Horford credited them for helping the team through a difficult third quarter where the Warriors surged back to briefly regain the lead.

“Yeah, I felt like our team really stayed calm in those times,” Horford said. “As you know, earlier in the year it could have gone downhill quickly. The other thing was that the energy of our fans was just infectious. I felt it just coming in – when I did my shooting window an hour and a half before the game, and as soon as I saw that I was like, yeah, it’s going to be different tonight. They stuck with us even during that because sometimes things can get fragile.

The Celtics are hoping to get the same boost Friday night in Game 4, when they get a chance to take a 3-1 lead.

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