Draymond Green defends NBA Finals performance despite shooting woes, 'I made an impact on the game'

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2-min read
Getty Images
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The Golden State Warriors showed their grit and determination once again in Game 4, with their 107-97 win levelling the series at 2-2. Steph Curry put up 43 points as he led the Warriors to victory, while Draymond Green scored just two as his shooting struggles continued. The 32-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season overall, but his form in the Finals has been concerning, with the center averaging just 4.3 points per game against the Celtics, including just 23% shooting.

If the Warriors are to go and win the series, Green will either need to improve or miss out, and head coach Steve Kerr made this point clear in Game 4 when he limited Green to a spot on the bench in the decisive minutes.

With 7:32 to play and the Warriors down by four, Kerr decided to send Green to the bench - a decision that turned out to be effective.

The Warriors ended up going on an 11-4 run to help them seal the win, with Green only used in the final minutes on defence. But while Kerr showed he's not scared to withdraw Green from the court, the 56-year-old coach did defend his player post-match. "Draymond is Draymond. He's going to bring it every night," said Kerr. "I think the thing that maybe got lost the other night is how good he was down the stretch. He ends up in the game with four steals. He was brilliant defensively. He did what we needed to do to win the game."

With Green facing criticism over his quiet Finals performances, he also fired back at his critics by suggesting he was pleased with his overall game, even if his shooting struggles have continued.

"I think I made an impact on the game the whole game," Green said. "I think you can get caught up in everything that's going around, but those that watch and understand basketball, I made an impact the entire game. So I don't think there was a switch last couple minutes."

The Warriors now welcome the series back to the Chase Center for Game 5, where they'll look to take the lead in the series for the first time. The game is scheduled to start early on Tuesday morning, with play starting at 02:00 BST.

The article Draymond Green defends NBA Finals performance despite shooting woes, 'I made an impact on the game' appeared first on Planetsport.com.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting