Celtics-Warriors: Steve Kerr sarcastically calls Boston fans ‘classy’ for chants directed at Draymond Green

The Boston Celtics regained control of the 2022 NBA Finals on Wednesday night, edging away from the Golden State Warriors on the track to claim a 116-100 win in Game 3 and a 2-1 lead in the series to take the lead. While the action on the pitch provided plenty to talk about, there was plenty going on off the floor as well. The Celtics crowd, who were particularly hostile to Draymond Green, became an act throughout the night – to the point that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and several players addressed it after the game.

Boston has always been known for having great playoff environments, and Game 3 was no exception. With the Finals being held in Boston for the first time since 2010, starting at 9 p.m. local time and their team suffering a loss, the locals brought everything they had. TD Garden was loud well before tip-off, and the atmosphere wowed everyone from the broadcast crew to the Warriors beat reporters.

As expected, the crowd had a thing for Green. The Warriors forward is a villain in any street arena, but his performance (and antics) in Game 2 got Celtics fans hot. It only took a few minutes for them to do it Start raining “f— you Draymond” chantsand they mocked him at every opportunity.

They often came all night when Green played one of his worst games of the postseason, with two points, four rebounds, three assists and more turnovers (two) than baskets made (one). He also fouled in the fourth quarter, much to the delight of the spectators.

But for all the excitement and media reaction, the Warriors players insisted atmosphere wasn’t a factor in the defeat. Green said he expected that kind of atmosphere and didn’t want to give them a reaction. “Of course,” said Steph Curry. “You get a little something in every arena. It’s been like that all of the playoffs and every run we’ve done down the course. He expects it. So tonight is no different.”

However, both Kerr and Klay Thompson seemed to take offense at the language used. “Great,” Kerr said. “Very noble.”

“[The crowd] wasn’t a factor,” Thompson said. “We’ve played in front of rude people before. Drop F-bombs with kids in the crowd. Great. Good job Boston”

While the Warriors tried to downplay the fans’ influence on the game, the Celtics praised it in the other interview room. Al Horford notably credited them with helping the team weather a rough patch in the third quarter when the Warriors pushed back to briefly regain the lead.

“Yeah, I felt like our team was really stable in those moments,” Horford said. “As you know, that could have gone south quickly earlier in the year. The other thing was that the energy from our fans was just contagious in the game and as soon as I saw that I thought yeah, tonight will be different. They also stayed with us during this because things can get shaky at times.

The Celtics are hoping to get the same boost in Game 4 on Friday night if they have a chance to forge a comfortable 3-1 lead.

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