“I’ve watched this plan over a million times”

Draymond Green commented on Kawhi Leonard’s 2019 playoff buzzer-beater on Tuesday’s episode of “The Draymond Green show” on “The Volume.”

Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors point guard and former teammate of Leonard, joined in the conversation. During the shoot, Freddy stood behind Kawhi and had a unique angle of view.

Green said:

“I watched that shot over a million times and partly because, I feel like if that shot didn’t go in, we won the NBA championship.”

Draymond Green on Kawhi Leonard’s 2019 clutch buzzer-beater

Green was referring to the 2019 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in six games. Green said he believed his team could have beaten the Philadelphia 76ers for the championship if that had been the game. Instead, Kawhi Leonard’s clutch shot put Toronto in the Finals, ultimately killing Golden State’s reign.

Fred VanVleet talked about his viewing angle from behind Kawhi:

“No, it looked left. It looked left. Because I’m looking at it, and you can see it go and look away, like it’s going to go left towards the middle of the lane And once we saw him bounce, bounce twice, it was like, ‘Oh, that shit comes in. She walks in.” … It was just the craziest amount of emotion.

In the 2019 NBA Finals, VanVleet averaged 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. He dropped a 22-point performance in Game 6, earning him the NBA Finals MVP award.

Green and his Warriors, meanwhile, suffered a stunning loss. The Warriors had won the previous two NBA championships and were looking for a hat-trick. That Leonard shot ultimately led to the demise of their reign as one of the greatest teams of the past decade.

For Green to watch any shot “over a million times”, it must have been good. This one was both remarkable and frustrating for Draymond. Being able to solidify a hat-trick would have made his team undeniably legendary.

Green played six great games in the 2019 NBA Finals. Green managed above career averages in all categories, scoring 12.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game during the from the Serie. He nearly scored a triple-double in one of the most important series of his career. Green knows when and how to show up. Leonard just had different plans.

Still a legendary power forward, Green is a three-time NBA champion, four-time All-Star, six-time All-Defensive Team member and two-time Olympic gold medalist. He led the league in steals and won Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

However, it wasn’t the first time Green suffered a loss in the Finals. Golden State lost in the 2016 NBA Finals to LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs defeated Green and his team in Game 7, winning 93-89. Without that loss, Green might have cursed Leonard for ruining his five-game championship streak.

Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein

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