Draymond Green played with another level of physicality in Game 2 against the Celtics, which officials essentially let happen while pushing the envelope on multiple fronts.
The Celtics have expressed frustration after the game with the leeway that Green has gained from the officials. However, a Celtic legend said Green’s game would not have gone unpunished during his era.
Cedric Maxwell, former most valuable player in the NBA finals and current Celtics radio analyst, told CLNS Media and Gary Payton Sr after Game 2 that Green’s tactics would have resulted in some drama of his time.
“That s*** that Draymond Green was doing? During the 80s, he’d get knocked the f*** out,” Maxwell said.
Green was whistled for one technical foul in the first quarter after a scuffle with Grant Williams but avoided any other serious punishment during the game for his aggression despite needing to be separated from Jaylen Brown in the second quarter after committing a foul and putting his feet over Brown’s head upon landing.
“For me to sit back and say, oh, I’m going to push it to this edge and try to pull back, that don’t work,” Green said of his play. “I got to be me. So with the first tech, it is what it is. That’s not going to stop me from being aggressive or doing what I do on the basketball court. Just got to live with the results.”
“That’s what he’s going to do,” Brown said of Green. “He’s going to try to muck the game up, try to raise the level of intensity. We’ve got to raise ours. I feel like they got away with a lot tonight, but we’ve got to come ready to play, come ready to meet that physicality on both ends.”
Game three between the Warriors and Celtics is in Boston on ABC on Wednesday night.