“Stop asking me the question. I don’t know what’s wrong with Draymond. Maybe it’s a clone”. Very active on social networks, the mother of Draymond Green is like everyone else, she hallucinates seeing her son miss out on his NBA finals. Last night, it was even nightmarish for 45 minutes. Of course, there is defense, rebounding, screens, interceptions, but in attack, it’s nothing!
Thinking Basketball detailed this “Draymond Green problem”. The Celtics no longer even need to defend on him since he refuses any shot. And when he decides to go, it’s hasty and without conviction. Since the start of the final, he is 6 out of 26 on shots, including 1 out of 7 tonight.
In attitude, nothing to say, however. It was the total contrast to the previous match. Draymond Green knows he’s in trouble, his attacking confidence is next to nothing, so he’s focusing on the rest.
“I am a competitor. But in the end, it’s the coach’s decision and you have to deal with it. I stayed focused on the match, and I said to myself that if I had to go back again, I would do some positive actions.
Steve Kerr even got to the point of taking him out in the middle of the 4th quarter! Definitely hard to swallow…
” I will never be excited about leaving a match seven minutes from the end he replies. ” In a match that absolutely had to be won… I’m not going to sit there and tell you otherwise. I’m honest. I am a competitor. But in the end, it’s the coach’s decision and you have to deal with it. I stayed focused on the match, and I said to myself that if I had to go back again, I would do some positive things. It was my state of mind. »
Always useful defensively, but completely useless offensively, Draymond Green thus forced Steve Kerr to put himself in handball mode, bringing his inside on a defensive sequence then taking a time-out in stride to replace him with Jordan Poole on the sequence next offensive.
“Yeah, we got him out and we got Loon in (Kevon Looney) around the 8th minute, 7:40 from the end, and that was the plan. But Loon was playing so well, like Jordan Poole, that we stayed with that band. That’s what we generally do. Like most coaches, if a group plays well, we stay with that group. The last minutes, we generally made an attack / defense sequence by alternating Draymond and Jordan ”.
“It’s a tough series for him because of Boston’s size and athleticism.”
A choice to alternate Poole / Green paying for Steve Kerr because Draymond Green will achieve a great “money time” with three rebounds, two assists, and still a good defense. It is Stephen Curry who pays tribute to him.
” This is the champion’s experience. He knows he can play better, but to turn the page on his first half, he made some winning moves. He simply showed his presence and his determination. We stay united. There is no doubt about it. We are not in an individual sport and this is not a stats sheet. We must continue to proceed like this because there are still two matches to win. »
The final word for Steve Kerr, asked about this choice to do without Draymond Green in the heart of the 4th quarter.
” I didn’t see any reaction from him, but I don’t want my players to be happy to go out. Draymond is an incredible competitor. He came back into play. He made huge moves at the end. He finished with four steals, eight assists, nine rebounds. Look, it’s a tough series for him offensively because of Boston’s size and athleticism. But he still has a huge impact on the game. And he knows we’ll do whatever it takes to win the games.. »