Warriors, Celtics are ready to fight fire with fire in the physical NBA Finals

Boston – Draymond Green and Marcus Smart will not receive the NBA MVP Awards. That honor belongs to their teammates – Steph Curry for Green and Jayson Tatum for Smart. Green and Smart have both been named Defensive Player of the Year once, and hold a different title than their teammates who can score in groups.

They are the heart of their teams: Green for the Warriors and Smart for the Celtics.

Both players wear their feelings on their sleeve. You can see it, hear it, feel it.

In Game One of the NBA Finals, Smart had the upper hand in bringing energy, leading to a historic win back for Boston. Green responded in Game 2 with fire to replace his breath. So, what was Smart’s response to Game 3 Wednesday night after the series returned to TD Garden?

I mean, you respond to fire with fire, right? Smart Tuesday told reporters. “We just have to turn around and do the same. If he’s going to come in here and try to be physical, this is our home and we have to protect it.”

Green knew it had to be better Sunday night after losing the Warriors two nights ago. He felt like he left Steve Curry and the rest of his Warriors teammates behind, and put him down even on the series in one win.

Curry said he learned five minutes after losing the series’ opening that Golden State was about to get a different Green in Game 2. And they did. Not only in the penalty area for the Warriors 107-88 win either.

Thirteen seconds into the competition, Green found himself tangled up for a jump ball with Boston big man Al Horford. Eleven seconds later, the Warriors forced a spin away from a foul pass from Smart. While Celtics striker Grant Williams was a foul in the middle of the first quarter, Greene was later called up for a technical foul.

The Celtics desperately wanted a second technician who called him up towards the end of the first half when he and Celtics star Jaylene Brown got into their own brawl, and they’re still talking about it. Draymond rushed the line, pushed the envelope and Steve Kerr kept sending him the same message.

do not change. be yourself.

“No, just let it be,” Kerr said. “He’s at his best when he’s passionate and emotional. I thought he played a great game last night. He got the early technology, but he left the officials alone all night.

“The play will always be physical in the playoffs. Being physically a part of it. So the main thing is to leave the officials alone, and Draymond has done a good job.”

Right after the Warriors lost to start the series, and the following hours and days, Green knew what Golden State needed to move forward. physical part of it. As well as energy and density.

More than anything else, it was believed that the Celtics did not feel warriors enough.

The Warriors advanced by as much as 15 points in the third quarter of Game One and entered the fourth quarter by 12 points. They squandered it. great moment. The foot was lifted off the gas and the Celtics seized the opportunity, breaking records and beating the Warriors by 24 points in the recent period to win by 12 points.

But with his team essentially facing a must-win game, Green didn’t let that happen again. The Warriors won each of the first three quarters, in large part due to closing each frame on a very high note. They went into the fourth quarter by 23 points, pushed it to 29 early and won by 19 points.

“I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I was going to go through the summer and we lost the NBA Finals because we couldn’t stand the strength,” Green said on Tuesday. “So I guess that was kind of for me and understanding that, like I said, that’s my section.

“This is where I’m supposed to lead, and I can’t let my comrades down.”

Many define this basketball era as soft, especially on the outside. The rules are different, 7-foot throws 3-headers as if it were a throw line and there’s more thrust and thrust in the stands than on the field.

Those who played in the ’80s and ’90s can’t let go of the past, and feel the need to tell everyone exactly how physical the game was in their day. Last to do was Cedric Maxwell, who won two titles with the Celtics and won the MVP award in the 1981 Finals when the Boston beat the Houston Rockets in six games.

“That’s what Draymond Green was doing, during the ’80s he was going to get kicked out of the game,” Maxwell said after Gary Payton’s second game. “He was fired.”

Come Tuesday, Draymond had something to say in response.

“When guys are making these comparisons or talking about, ‘Oh, if you played in this day and age,’ like yeah. And if you played in this day and age, you should have been more skilled than I was. It’s just different.”

“Comparing the physicality of the game and everyone acting like they’re just physical and brutal shooters, it’s like everyone is acting like they’re shooting the ball like Steve Curry today. You know, it was physical back then, now they’re shooting. Everyone I can’t shoot the ball. Imagine me after 20 General, like, “Man, if you played in my day you had to shoot.” Like, yeah, guys did shoot better and more. But that doesn’t mean you shot well.

“So it just baffles me when guys come out here and talk and they don’t get that – we got YouTube. You highlight the highlights and they don’t have any fights on YouTube. You see them in the stadium getting bullied, but they talk about you they didn’t get punched in the face. Those. People are killing me.”

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Drop the microphone, end of Green’s press conference.

He won’t drop the ball again when it comes to body and strength in the finals, and he doesn’t expect Smart to do so either. The fireworks have just begun, and we can get on to the Wednesday night show, as well as the rest of this hot series.

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