Jazz’s Joe Ingles says trash talk to Draymond Green just ‘part of the game’
Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles spent a good amount of floor time trading barbs with Golden State Warriors resident trash-talker Draymond Green. The two were seen exchanging verbal pleasantries throughout the game and enjoying it so, ranging from Green’s demonstrative defensive rebounds to Ingles’ swift trifectas.
“Just kind of a part of the game really, I talk to everyone,” said Ingles of his back-and-forth with Green, according to Eric Woodyard of The Deseret News. “It just kind of is what it is, it just kind of gets me going and probably gets him going to be honest about it.”
Ingles led the Jazz in scoring with 20 points on the night, burying 4-of-9 from deep as Utah’s 16 3-pointers in the game made all the difference in a narrow 108-103 win at home.
The Aussie, along with sniper Kyle Korver and 3-and-D cog Jae Crowder, each hit four or more triples in the game, balancing a horrid performance from Donovan Mitchell, who shot a woeful 5-of-26 from the floor and 2-of-11 from deep en route to 17 points.
Ingles has been known to be a joker and not shy of making statements, famously proclaiming himself the best 3-point shooter in the league after knocking down over 44 percent of his attempts from deep in the last two seasons.
The 31-year-old has proven to be a thorn in the Warriors’ side, and Wednesday night was no exception, as the savvy marksman haunted Green and his teammates from the perimeter.