In the end, Draymond Green and the Warriors had the last laugh.
The Warriors finished off the Celtics on Thursday, winning Game 6 to claim the NBA Finals and their fourth championship in four years. With the win coming up in Game 6, Golden State got to celebrate winning the title at home in Boston.
Green was the target of several Celtics fan chants over three games in Boston in the NBA Finals. But as the back and forth ended Thursday night, Green paid tribute to Celtics fans.
“It means a lot,” Green said when asked at the Larry O’Brien Trophy presentation what it meant to finish the final at TD Garden. “This fanbase has given me a hard time. A really tough time. To come here and win is great.
“I appreciate that fan base. They brought incredible energy. I have to give them kudos. But we did what we did, welcome to the Warriors’ Invitational baby! That’s what we do! Happy to see you again!”
Green also had several good things to say to Celtics players during postgame handshakes, telling several of them that they would one day return to the NBA Finals.
The Finals have been a rocky streak for Green. He committed three fouls and was benched during a crucial fourth-quarter streak in the Warriors’ Game 4 win.
However, he bounced back in the series tiebreak. After missing his first 12 3-pointers of the series, Green made a pair of 3s in Game 6, helping him score 12 points with 12 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals.
“I haven’t learned anything about myself. I knew I was resilient,” Green said when asked if he learned anything about himself on the show.
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