Draymond Green gives ‘kudos’ to Celtics fans after back-and-forth during Finals


Green was serenaded with several vulgar chants throughout the series by Boston fans at TD Garden.

Draymond Green got the last laugh at the Celtics fans. Elsa/Getty Images

In the end, Draymond Green and the Warriors had the last laugh.

The Warriors finished off the Celtics Thursday, winning the NBA Finals in Game 6 and their fourth championship in four years. Victory in Game 6 allowed Golden State to celebrate winning the title on Boston’s home soil.

Green was the target of multiple chants from Celtics fans during three games in Boston during the NBA Finals. But as the back-and-forth drew to a close on Thursday night, Green offered kudos to Celtics fans.

“It means a lot,” Green said when asked during the Larry O’Brien trophy presentation what it meant to finish the finals at TD Garden. “This fanbase made life difficult for me. A really tough time. Coming here and winning is great.

“I appreciate this fan base. They brought incredible energy. I have to give them credit. But we did what we do, welcome back to the Warriors’ Invitational Baby! That’s what we do! Welcome back!”

Green also had some good things to say to the Celtics players during the post-game handshakes, telling several of them that they would one day return to the NBA Finals.

The Finals were a rocky streak for Green. He fouled three times and found himself on the bench during a crucial section of the fourth quarter during the Warriors’ Game 4 win.

However, he recovered in the series winning game. After missing his first 12 3-pointers of the series, Green hit a pair of 3s in Game 6, which helped him have 12 points with 12 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals.

“I haven’t learned anything about myself. I knew I was resilient,” Green said when asked if he’d learned anything about himself during the series.

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