After struggling to perform individually throughout the Warriors‘ playoff-run through the Western Conference, Draymond Green has found another level during Golden State’s Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was especially strong in Game 2 on Sunday night, posting 28 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while slowing down LeBron James from start to finish. After facing mounting criticism for his play earlier in the postseason, Green wouldn’t have been blamed if he had gloated in the limelight. Instead, he chose a much more humble route.
During the postgame press conference, Green routinely deflected questions about his individual performance, choosing to focus on the Warriors’ strength collectively.
“If anything, these two games show we’re so damn deep. Our team is the MVP, if it’s possible,” Green told The Vertical.
“If we’re giving the MVP after two games,” Draymond Green told The Vertical, “give it to this team.”
While Green, along with Andre Iguodala, was primarily responsible for slowing down the freight train that is LeBron James, he again brushed off any individual credit for doing so, citing the team’s defensive performance as a whole as the reason the King couldn’t take over.
“When it came to LeBron, I said nothing,” Green told The Vertical. “It’s nothing I needed to tell anyone here. One guy can’t stop LeBron, it’s as simple as that. We’re one of the few teams that understand that. There wasn’t a need to talk on it for me. With us, it’s always been a team effort.”
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