Warriors’ Draymond Green sits in fourth quarter, makes ‘huge plays’ in final stretch in Game 4 win of NBA Finals

Warriors’ Draymond Green sits in fourth quarter, makes ‘huge plays’ in final stretch in Game 4 win of NBA Finals

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The script with the Golden State Warriors all season has been that their original “big three” have returned.

After two years of injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State was finally whole again, capable of playing the brand of basketball NBA fans had come to love.

Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors hugs teammate Draymond Green after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.

Stephen Curry (30) of the Golden State Warriors hugs teammate Draymond Green after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.
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Warriors forward Draymond Green has been the undisputed voice of the organization since the start of its run, a do-it-all defensive stopper tasked with allowing the Warriors to go small in order to play their style of basketball.

This is what made the sight of Green sitting on the bench during the critical period of NBA Finals Game 4 such a strange sight.

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Golden State head coach Steve Kerr sat Green with 7:32 remaining in the game and the Boston Celtics up 90-86.

Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks to the media after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.

Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors talks to the media after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.
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“We took it out and put Loon [Kevon Looney] in, I think, around the eight-minute mark maybe, which was our plan anyway,” Kerr said in his post-match press conference. “But Loon was playing so well and Jordan Poole played so well, so we just stayed with the band.

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“We usually do. Like most coaches, if you have a group that’s doing well, you stick with them. The last few minutes we just went into a sort of attack-defensive pattern with Draymond and Jordan alternating.”

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Over the next four minutes, with Green on the bench, Golden State made a run and led 97-94 when Green reentered the game with 3:41 remaining.

“Certainly never happy to come out of the game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter in a game to win,” Green said when asked if he was called off. “I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m thrilled. I’m a competitor. But, at the end of the day, if that’s what the coach decides, then you roll with it.

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“I had to keep my head in the game and every time I came back try to make plays.”

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors walks off the court after Game 4 of the 2022 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics on June 10, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.
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Green made plays, grabbing three rebounds and adding two assists after his comeback.

“I never want our players to be happy when I knock them out,” Kerr said of sitting Green. “Draymond is incredibly competitive. I saw no reaction.

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“It’s a tough streak for him to score because of Boston’s size and athleticism. But he still has a huge impact on the game. And he knows we’re going to do whatever it takes to win. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can contribute. A lot of guys did it tonight, and, you know, we did it. And whatever it takes in Game 5, that’s what we’ll do. too.

Green struggled offensively throughout the Finals, scoring just 17 points in the first four games of the series. And yet, he’s still the heartbeat, playing a key role in Golden State’s return to the game’s biggest stage.

“I’ve always been on the bandwagon, if you have something and it rolls, you stick with it,” Green said. “It’s like that.”

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