Since his Game 2 success, where he had set the tone to allow the Warriors to equalize, Draymond Green is next to his basket. In the two matches in Boston, the interior had no impact or almost attack, Steve Kerr decided to classify the sequences as offensive, pour the rematch as his team was on defense.
The triple champion even joined the bench seven minutes into the final quarter of Game 4. A strong choice from the coach, which the player accepted by clenching his teeth.
“I would never be wrapped up in the idea of coming out of a match seven minutes into the final, especially in a match that you absolutely have to win.”, he would have commented after the Golden State victory. « I’m not going to stay there, to tell you the opposite. I am honest. But in the end, it’s the coach’s decision and it has to be done with. »
Draymond Green saved his game in the final seconds, with his rebounds at a decisive pass, as with 2 points averaging 18% to succeed or shoot from both sides, the Boston air did not do well for him.
“This series is a huge test for him.”explanation Steve Kerr à The Athletic. “From an emotional point of view. Like the series against Oklahoma City in 2016 or Memphis this season, including the playoffs. There are matchups that are complicated for him, to mark and play pick-and-roll. In these Finals, he can’t lead the game at the head of a racket because Boston is constantly turning to defense. This is finding solutions. »
The coach’s choice, in the “monay time” of Game 4, paid off. With a player in character also boiling, there was a risk of “losing” Draymond Green the moment he joined the bench in the last quarter. To see it unplug or loosen mentally. Steve Kerr was not identified.
“It’s a winner. The winner by excellence »declares the Golden State coach. “He won two high school titles, he made some“ Final Four ”with Michigan State in the NCAA and reported three NBA titles. He wins. One of the reasons for this, these are his emotions, his passion. Sometimes, it overflows, and it’s part of the game. But I would not change Draymond or his emotions for nothing in the world. I will never change it. We need what it brings: emotion and energy. »