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Draymond Green explains why he talked trash about Grant Williams in Game 2


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“[When] you start talking nonsense to me, so yeah, I’m going to say something about it. Sure.”

Grant Williams (left) and Draymond Green (right) battle for position under the boards. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Neither Draymond Green nor Grant Williams are ever at a loss for words, so it might have only been a matter of time before the two started barking at each other in the NBA Finals. .

After a relatively peaceful Game 1, the chatty pair finally started bickering in Game 2.

“You’re not me,” Green could be heard telling Williams through a rim microphone as he lined up for a free throw. “You are not me. You want to be me.

A reporter (not naming Williams) asked Green about the interaction on Tuesday, wondering if Green felt he was going too far with his trash talk.

“I take it you’re talking about Grant Williams?” » Clarified green. “Of course you are. I think when you see that, when you see a guy say, man, I grew up watching him, you appreciate him, because that’s what you work for. You work to create a path for the next young man. Like, my goal when I got here was to create a path for Grant Williams. To hear him say that is an honor, so I don’t take that for granted at all.

Before the final, Williams spoke of his admiration for Green. He told reporters he was cheering on the Warriors in 2015 when they won the title against LeBron James and the Cavaliers.

“I was going for the Warriors back then, back then because I was a Draymond guy,” Williams said. “It was a fun moment for me because my teammates were all going for Bron… All these guys were betting on the Cavs and when they beat them I talked so much trash for a week.”

Green said he didn’t appreciate Williams talking trash after his pre-series compliments.

“When a guy comes along and starts — when you say that and start talking nonsense to me, then yeah, I’m going to say something about it,” Green said. “Of course. But I didn’t say anything about that Game 1 because he wasn’t talking to me. I’m not going to go watch his press conference where he gives me props, where he appreciates my game and then Tells him to his face. It’s a blow to me. I don’t do that. That’s not how I ride. …

“Once he starts attacking me and it got messy and he yelped, yelped, yelped, okay bro, you can’t say that and then come and say that. It just doesn’t suit me.

For his part, Williams called himself a “responder” more than an instigator.

“At the end of the day, it’s not something I would naturally do,” he said. “Even though my personality is talkative, I’m not necessarily going to come and punch people. guys, you can too.

Williams wasn’t the only person who didn’t like Green in Game 2. Former Celtics star Cedric Maxwell told Gary Payton after the game that Green would have been “knocked out” if he had played that way. way back in the ’80s — a comment Green found funny on Tuesday.

“There were a few guys back then that would kick you out, knock you out, foul you up and get kicked out of the game,” Green said. “Bill Laimbeer. Rick Mahorn. But everybody’s running around acting like he was that. You were getting bullied. So it baffles me when all the guys, just because they played in the 80s, just because that they played in the 90s, it’s like, man, if you played nowadays, you would be eliminated. No, not really, because it wouldn’t be you.

“Okay, so you’re saying Rick Mahorn knocked me out?” Rick Mahorn probably knocks you out. Bill Laimbeer is probably exposing you. So were there any executors from that time? Sure. Did they knock you out? Sure. Their fine was also $2. It’s just not the same day and the same age. If I knock someone out, I’ll probably get a million dollar fine. It just doesn’t work the same way.

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2. Robert Williams is questionable with knee pain. Ime Udoka told reporters Williams was fine after Marcus Smart accidentally rolled on his leg during Sunday’s game.

“He was scared more than anything, honestly,” Udoka said. “He said he took the hit in that knee, more so that he stayed on the ground to make sure he was okay. Once he got up and started running, he was fine. No difference.”

Williams – who was far from 100% – was asked how he changed his game to compensate for his knee pain throughout the playoffs

“Just adding a little more technique, a little more game thinking,” Williams said. “Obviously, as you said with the injury I have, I’m not as explosive as usual. A bit more physical, using my body a bit more.

3. The Celtics were an abysmal 9 for 34 from inside the arc through the first three quarters of Sunday’s game. Udoka noted the Warriors are a bit undersized, but they pack the paint and defend well with rotations — a different challenge than the Bucks or Heat — and he praised Green for throwing the Celtics off balance.

“You do the right number of threes, you sort of take them out of that,” Udoka said. “But it’s a mixture of that. With the lack of rim protection, we have guys who should finish a bit better than us. We also had several turnovers on our passes there. They clogged the paint and missed a few kicks. It’s a balance of the two. »

4. Jayson Tatum was asked about being a father and role model as a star NBA player, and he gave a long and thoughtful answer.

“My mindset also wasn’t about sacrificing, that I was going to be the best dad I could be as well as the best basketball player,” Tatum said, recalling Deuce’s birth in 2017. wasn’t a guideline or there wasn’t, you know, exact way to do it. It was about what was natural. I think that’s it. I’m just doing what’s natural. I’m around him every day. I think being able to go through this journey together, because I was 19 when I got drafted, it’s kind of like we’re growing together. As he gets older , I go through my career, sharing these moments, living this together as we grow.

“I think that’s the coolest part for me. I don’t know if it’s as much intentional as it is natural and what we do. I realize that I have a platform and things like that. If I’m a role model for young fathers around the world, that’s great. I think we need more role models like this. Just to get more male dads around and things like that, show that you can do both, no matter when you work, no matter what profession you’re in.

5. The Celtics have been outspoken in their efforts to strengthen gun control laws following recent mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. On Tuesday, Brown was asked if the Celtics would ever consider a walkout similar to the one that met in the Disney World bubble following the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

“You keep an open mind,” Brown said. “You never know. You absolutely have to sort things out.

“Sometimes people argue and say stopping a basketball game or something, what effect is that actually going to have on society. I would say in response that it raises awareness. It’s important. It gets people’s attention. It’s something we’re talking about now. Certainly people have pressure on them. Changes have to start happening. So I definitely think that’s an effective strategy that could work .



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