The Boston Celtics rallied and stole Game 1 from the Golden State Warriors in surprising fashion, as it is apparent this will be a long and fun series. The comments Draymond made after the game will only spice up the atmosphere.
It's all about the 4th quarter
Although the Warriors looked in control for the better part of the game, the Celtics were hanging around and waiting for their shot. Curry came out hot, but he cooled down as the game went on. Still, it looked like the expected result of GSW taking Game 1 was going to happen, but then the 4th quarter came around.
A 20-2 run led by Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, and Derrick White completely swung the game in Boston's favor, shocking the home crowd. No matter if it was open or contested, the deep bombs were falling, and the Warriors couldn't buy a bucket on the other end.
The definite hero of the night was veteran Al Horford, who notched 26 points (9-12 FG, 6-8 3PT), 6 rebounds, and 3 assists while doing most of his damage when the game was being decided. But he also got great support from Jaylen Brown (24p,7r,5a) and Derrick White (21p, 5-8 3PT). The fact Jayson Tatum struggled mightily (12pts, 3-17 FG) in such a win can only give more confidence to the C's.
On the other side, Stephen Curry led the way with 34 points, but he didn't get nearly enough help from Klay, Poole, and Draymond, as Game 2 will be a must-win for the Dubs.
Draymond disrespects the Celtics
After the game, naturally, one of the most significant and controversial players in the game, Draymond Green, was lighting some fire under the skin of the Celtics. Despite having a horrible game, scoring only 4 points on lousy efficiency (2-12 FG, 0-4 3PT,0-3 FT), Draymond felt confident the Warriors will bounce back, saying they were better for the majority of the game.
"They stayed within striking distance, and they made shots late...We pretty much dominated the game for the first 41,42 minutes. We'll be fine."
Draymond Green, NBA On ESPN
Draymond then took it a step further, doing some math and figuring how efficient the Celtics role players were from deep, smirking and insinuating they aren't going to be able to repeat that kind of performance.
"They hit 21 threes, and Marcus Smart, Al Horford, and Derrick White combined for 15 of them...15-23 from those guys? We'll be fine."
Draymond Green, NBA On ESPN
This might have been an abnormal shooting night from guys like Horford, Smart, and White, but this can only light up more of a fire in them. That's just the way Celtics win games. If Jason and Jaylen aren't torching you, someone from the supporting cast can catch fire, and on this night, more than a few guys were feeling it.
Surely, Draymond and the Warriors will come better prepared for Game 2, but they will need to be ready to stop Boston's wave of confidence. You can lock it in that Game 2 will be a must-watch!