Chris Mullen applauds Steve Kerr for sitting Draymond Green in the fourth quarter

Steve Kerr’s bold decision late in the last quarter seemed to have paid off.

In the Warriors’ 107-97 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at TD Garden Friday night, Warriors forward Draymond Green was on and off the ground multiple times throughout the fourth quarter.

Green started the quarter on the ground before leaving to switch with Andrew Wiggins with 7:32 remaining. Draymond will enter the game again with 3:41 left before leaving again after just 20 seconds for Jordan Ball. Green entered the game again with 3:05 left before leaving again for Paul with 56 seconds remaining. Draymond will enter one last time with 47 seconds left to finish the match.

The substitutions played back and forth for the Kerr and Warriors and helped put the best lineup on the floor in certain situations.

Hall of Famer and current Warriors analyst at NBC Sports Bay Area, Chris Mullen, believes Kerr made the right decision about how he used Draymond in the fourth quarter.

“I’ll tell you what, Steve Kerr made the hard decision but I thought it was the right one,” Mullen said after the match on Warriors Live: Play of Edition. “It looked like my attacker had more spacing and they got into their rhythm, and once they got the lead, Steve Kerr moved on to an offensive defensive switch that brought Draymond Green to defense for stops and then put Jordan Bull back in attack.”

As you can expect, rival Draymond wasn’t excited about sitting down late in the fourth quarter, but he handled what his coach had planned.

“I certainly wasn’t thrilled to walk away with seven minutes left in the last quarter of a game that must be won,” Green told reporters after the game. “I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m cheerful, I’m a competitor. But, at the end of the day, if that’s what the coach decides, then you’re going to deal with it. I had to keep my head in the game and whenever I came back, try to do some plays.”

“That was just my mentality, don’t take too much of it. I’ve always been on the bandwagon if you’ve got something in that role and stick with it. That’s what it is.”

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Warriors are competitors through and through. No player has been happy to leave the game at a rough time, but at the end of the day Kerr will make decisions based on what he thinks will allow Golden State to win.

For struggling Draymond, this move wasn’t easy to swallow, but at the end of the day, winning is all that matters.

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