The Boston Celtics have faced a lot of characters on their journey to the NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving comes with his fair share of drama, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s physicality didn’t sit well with some Celtics fans, and Kyle Lowry’s on-court antics drew some backlash as well. But nothing likely compares to the outspokenness of Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green.
Green has never been afraid to say what’s on his mind. Before the Celtics had even gotten past the Miami Heat, he gave Miami some bulletin-board material, stating that the Warriors were “going to play the Celtics.” And just one day before the start of the NBA Finals, he made another bold claim.
Talking with Marc Spears of Andscape, when asked why his confidence in Golden State’s group never waned during their struggles over the past few years, Green claimed that nobody has ever beaten the Warriors when they are at full strength. He even went on to note the injuries that led to them losing.
“Because nobody had beat us. No one has ever beaten us whole. Ever. Has not happened yet. In 2016, I got suspended from a game [in the Finals]. In 2019, Kevin Durant goes down [during the Finals]. But then you follow that over to Cleveland, no one has ever beat us whole,” Green explained.
Draymond Green: “No one has ever beaten us whole. Ever.” pic.twitter.com/GbtB8DmEjw
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) June 2, 2022
The forward’s unrelenting confidence in his team is admirable, and it reared its head once again after Golden State’s loss in Game 1.
Green on Game 1: ‘We Pretty Much Dominated’
The Celtics took home the win in Game 1 thanks to an impressive fourth-quarter comeback. But despite the loss, Green remained confident after the game, claiming that the Warriors “pretty much dominated.”
“They stayed within striking distance and they made shots late,” Green explained. “We’ll be fine, we’ll figure out the ways we can stop them from getting those threes and take them away. I don’t think it was a rhythm thing. We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41, 42 minutes, so, we’ll be fine.”
“We’ll be fine… we pretty much dominated the game for the first 42 minutes.”
Draymond Green on Warriors mindset after Game 1 loss pic.twitter.com/pNe6XJTBpD
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