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Draymond Green reveals what ‘shocked’ him about Celtics in NBA Finals Game 2

Celtics, Warriors, Draymond Green

After taking care of business on the court in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Draymond Green quickly took to his off-court business–a personal podcast–to sound off on the Golden State Warriors’ crucial win.

On “The Draymond Green Show,” the vocal veteran admitted that he was surprised to see how Boston handled its Game 2 defeat, as he was caught off guard by Celtics coach Ime Udoka’s decision to bench his starters with more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“I was a little shocked to see them pull the plug so early,” Green said.

Following a pivotal third quarter in which Golden State outscored Boston 35-14, the Celtics were clearly reeling. And early in the fourth quarter, a Boston turnover led to a wide-open layup from the Warriors’ Nemanja Bjelica and forced a full timeout from Udoka.

With 10:45 remaining in regulation, Green expected Boston to regroup in the timeout and come back ready to cut into Golden State’s 27-point lead. Instead, the Celtics’ key players and stars, such as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, were pulled from the game and did not return.

“I did not expect to come back out of the timeout and see them pull the plug,” Green added. “They still had [Payton] Pritchard out there. They still had Grant Williams out there. But for the most part, they had pulled the plug.”

While Green went on to compliment the Celtics and the fight their bench showed late in the game, he also implied that no game is out of reach until the final buzzer. He referenced the Warriors’ near-comeback late in their Game 4 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals as an example.

“We’ve seen ourselves come back from down 29 to Dallas to make it a game in the last three minutes [of Game 4],” Green said.

Ahead of a massive Game 3 on Wednesday night in Boston, Green and the Warriors will look to make the Celtics wave the white flag again.