If there’s anyone who will hold Draymond Green accountable, it’s himself.
His podcast, The Draymond Green Show, has become a self-reflective vessel for the Warriors veteran, and he used the latest episode to talk about what happened for him during Golden State’s 116-100 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 gone wrong was the NBA Finals at TD Garden on Wednesday night.
Speaking to his audience after the game, Green admitted he got “too much noise” in his head coming into the matchup on the road, in which he finished with two points, three assists and four rebounds , before fouling.
“Tonight was maybe one of the worst games of my career,” said Green. “To be honest, I totally outsmarted myself. You know when you get into the game you hear all the noise and the noise just keeps getting closer and it’s like, ‘Hey, you can’t make friends with the umpires’ and, ‘Hey, you have to be very careful, so come on you don’t come into play.’
“And not that I blame anyone for my performance… I’m a man of mine, I think I’m into it and that’s just the way it is. But I think for me I just let too much noise get into my head about all the other things.”
Green’s previous podcast comments following the Warriors’ Game 1 loss were a topic of conversation in Game 2 after he suggested the 3-point performances from Boston’s Al Horford and Derrick White were an anomaly. Then his on-court antics in Game 2 resulted in a technical foul – and nearly a second – fueling many opinions about his playing style.
As Game 3 went Wednesday, it came as no surprise that the Boston crowd greeted Green with less-than-inviting derision. But Green was already in his own head, he said.
“So I let that, in turn, drag my intensity down,” Green said. “I go into the game like, ‘Ah, you know, I’m not going to say that. I won’t do that. I won’t give the umpires a chance to call a tech and blah blah blah blah blah.
“And I did exactly the opposite of what I was told to do or what I had to do. I did exactly the opposite. I actually did what most people think I should do and it just doesn’t work for me. You know, I’m not.”
In the finals so far, Green has as many fouls as points, more technicals than threes and more turnovers than baskets, per StatMuse.
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Moving on, the three-time NBA champion reiterated the need to just be himself on the court without worrying about the noise from outside.
“Ultimately, I got to that position by just being myself and trusting who I am, trusting what I’m bringing to the pitch and ultimately just tuning out the noise because there’s always noise. And then I didn’t do that.
“I think for me the biggest adjustment is just coming out and being Draymond Green.”
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