Draymond Green has another rough game for Warriors in NBA Finals, and even his mom had Twitter jokes
Draymond Green has been a focal point of attention during the NBA Finals, from his antics on the court that often result in technical fouls to the podcasts he records in the immediate aftermath of games.
Those extracurriculars have not overshadowed how rough of a series it's been for Green, and his uneven performances are a huge storyline.
The Golden State Warriors prevailed Friday in Game 4 to even the series at 2-2, but Green continued to struggle on the offensive end and had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in the 107-97 win over the Boston Celtics.
Green made his mark in other ways with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. However, coach Steve Kerr sat Green during key stretches of the fourth quarter. Green went to the bench with 7:32 left and the Celtics ahead 90-86. He sat for nearly four minutes and returned with 3:41 to go and the Warriors up 97-94.
Kerr then subbed Green in and out often in the final minutes, taking him out for offensive possessions and trying to get him back in for defense.
"Look, this is a tough series for him to score because of Boston's size and athleticism, but he's still impacting the game at a huge level," Kerr said of Green. "And he knows we're just going to do whatever it takes to win. We've got a lot of guys who can contribute. A lot of guys did that tonight, and you know, we got it done. And whatever it takes in Game 5, that's what we'll do, too."
Green is averaging 4.3 points during the Finals on 6-for-26 shooting combined (23.1%) in four games. He is 0-for-9 on 3-pointers and has 17 total points in the series and 19 fouls. Though he is also averaging 7.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists, the Warriors know Green's performance is not what they've come to expect from the former Defensive Player of the Year.
Even Green's mom, Mary Babers Green, seemed confused by his play and playfully joined in the clowning on social media after Game 4.
"Please ppl stop asking me what’s wrong with Dray… I DONT KNOW!" Babers Green tweeted Friday night. "Maybe this is a CLONE! Lmbo WHERE IS THE Draymond that helped get us here!! Hmmmm I have never seen this either!"
Green admitted he wasn't happy about being removed from the game, but insisted he will do whatever is necessary to win.
"I'm definitely never thrilled coming out of the game with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a must-win game," Green said. "I'm not going to sit here and act like I was thrilled. I'm a competitor.
"But at the end of the day, if that's what Coach decides, then you roll with it. You know, I had to keep my head in the game and, you know, whenever I went back in, try to make some plays. That was just my mindset. You know, don't make too much of it."
It seems safe to expect a podcast or two before Game 5 on Monday back in San Francisco.
Contributing: Jeff Zillgitt.