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“He has lost focus in terms of concentrating on beating the opponent” — Isiah Thomas calls out Draymond Green

The foul baiting, trash-talking, and physicality only get you so far in high-stakes games. Draymond Green needs to be better.
NBA great Isiah Thomas and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green

Isiah Thomas and Draymond Green

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Geen made headlines during Game 3 of the NBA Finals for … the wrong reasons. Green, who put up just 2 points, 3 assists, and 4 rebounds and fouled out in 35 minutes played arguably the worst Playoff game of his life. Not only was his performance below standards, but it seemed like every time Green was on the court, his team was suffering.

What is Draymond doing out there?

Green's defense is his number one strength and what he brings best to the Warriors. He's done it excellently over the past of years, and without his generational defensive talent, Golden State probably wouldn't have three titles. However, there comes a point when Green's defense becomes way too extraordinary to the point that it seems he's playing dirty out there on the court. Take this clip below as an example.

This is only one of the many clips of Draymond's antics in the Finals. It's gotten to a point where his flagrant fouls and being in foul trouble have affected his impact on the court. That's why 2-time NBA champion and Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas called out Green for his lack of focus on playing winning basketball.

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"Where you play 34 minutes, you have 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 points. Draymond Green does that in a grade school game, not in the NBA Finals. He has lost focus in terms of concentrating on beating the opponent," Thomas said.

Draymond needs to play within his standards.

At least Green acknowledged post-game that he played like "shit" in his own words. The foul baiting, trash-talking, and physicality only get you so far in high-stake games. Green can intimidate his opponents, but how will he keep doing so if he scores just 2 points in a vital match like this one?

The Celtics know that Draymond is one of the most intelligent players in the game, but they can easily expose his weakness by getting him into foul trouble and setting him up to shoot bricks. In the past 3 games, Green is averaging 5.0 points a game on 26.3% shooting from the field. Green's performance has been inexcusable, and it doesn't help that his defense hasn't been outstandingly consistently throughout the Finals.

If Draymond wants to secure his fourth championship ring, he must work for it and simply play within his standards. As Thomas said, he's lost focus on both ends of the floor. Game 4 will be another critical game for Green, who needs to go back to playing winning basketball if he wants to give his team another chance to win. 

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