Green was at the center of a controversial night, which resulted in the Warriors first loss of the playoffs, and he discussed all the particulars postgame, giving his take on his non-ejection ejection, all the scuffles on Saturday night and his contentious relationship with Cleveland fans. As we all said, the longer the series goes on, the more stuff like that happens.
They played a tremendous game.
But you got to have a little fun with the fans. "It's like, 'Whoa.' You remember what can be, what can happen".
There were constant rowdy chants of "Draymond sucks" from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd Friday whenever Green was whistled for a personal foul. He took a swipe at James' groin in Game 4 after the Cavaliers superstar stepped over him. Green told reporters after the game.
"When we were there previous year I think I looked at him and said: 'Let's just never do this again. I don't think they're necessarily a more physical team, but they were the aggressors, they came out, hit us first, and they deserved to win because of that physicality and aggressiveness". And look, he hasn't lost any of the intensity and he hasn't lost his edge.
"I think it's good for basketball".
"No", he said. "They got us where they want us". They broke scoring records in a stunning 137-116 victory that shoved this "Three-match" between new-school rivals to the West Coast for Game 5 on Monday. So shout-out to them. Sure, it will be a tall task in Oakland with a motivated Kevin Durant trying to capture his first career title and playing like a possible Finals MVP.
"Every game is do or die, and we understand that", he said. At the end of the day, we didn't expect them to come out and lay down. They also set an NBA Finals record for most people scored in a half, and most three-point field goals made.
But that was in Cleveland. The Cavs put up 49 points in an effort to not be swept in the Finals on their own home court. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it all starts with better on-ball defense.
So, as the refs explained after the game, the confusion can be chalked up to a miscommunication between themselves and the scorer's table.
Green has stayed just on the right side of the line this postseason, not in danger of an automatic suspension for technicals or flagrant accumulation. I asked them and they told me to keep playing. We got to 11, and Kyrie hit like the toughest three I've seen all year.