Draymond Green enjoys the role of the villain.
always has it. I made a career out of it.
But no version of this villain quite like the NBA Finals Draymond is on the way. He – along with Celtics fans – were in full force on Wednesday for Game Three in Boston as the series turned east. It didn’t take long for him to become Chechy with his new favorite sparring partner, Grant Williams.
After a physical 2 game that left Celtics fans angry that Green was not sent off for what appeared to be an apparent second technical foul, Boston Green fans greeted with a strong chorus of boos before hinting.
That’s fuel for Green, which fuels the energy of angry opposing fans, even when things aren’t going well. This energy continued after receiving the information as fans let their feelings know whenever Green touched the ball.
Early in the second quarter, he provided more inspiration as he blended in with Williams.
When Jason Tatum dropped the ball over half of the field after a Warriors foul, Greene turned his back to the basket to catch him. Williams saw his opportunity. Putting his feet up, he bent down to the green and put on a hard pickaxe that caused Green to fall to the ground.
Williams was whistled for a moving screen. Greene rose to his feet, applauding, and then stood on the ground as Williams bumped into him with his hands up in the air. At that point, the pair had to be separated.
Not the first time for Green, Williams
For reference, here’s the Game 2 interaction that laid the groundwork for the anxiety between the two. Green blasted over Williams during the Warriors attack set. The pair scrambled after the whistle was blown, and Green picked up a technical error.
No tech was called after Wednesday’s dust, much to the dismay of the likely Celtics team, who would be wise to use a strategy to get Green to get T’d up. There will certainly be other opportunities.
Meanwhile, Green and Williams – who have criticized officials for not throwing green in Game 2 – appear to be developing some real animosity for each other.