Warriors’ Draymond Green downplays incident with Drake saying ‘it wasn’t a scuffle’
Drake wasn’t exactly more subdued during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Despite chatting with commissioner Adam Silver and others from the league office about his inappropriate conduct during the Eastern Conference Finals, the music mogul and Toronto Raptors super fan certainly made his presence felt on Thursday night. He went chest to chest with Stephen Curry during a break in the action midway through the game, even going so far as to remove some lint from the Golden State Warriors superstar’s head.
But what will garner most headlines is undoubtedly Drake’s post-buzzer interaction with Draymond Green. The pair exchanged trash talk near half court after the game, with Drake yelling that the Warriors big man is “trash” as they went their separate ways.
On the postgame podium, Green was asked about the “scuffle” between he and Toronto’s favorite son. Instead of elaborating on his conversation with Drake, Green pointedly objected to the description of the interaction used by the reporter who posed the question.
“It wasn’t really a scuffle,” he said, per Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me. I didn’t push him and he didn’t push me. We talked. I wouldn’t personally consider it a scuffle.”
The Raptors, by the way, beat the Warriors 118-109 in Game 1.
Pascal Siakam was dominant on both ends for Toronto, scoring 32 points on 14-of-17 from the field. Green made history in a loss, though, with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists to join Wilt Chamberlain and Russell Westbrook to become the third player ever to notch three straight playoff triple-doubles.
Game 2 is on Sunday.