The Golden State Warriors are currently leading 3-2 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. In a stubborn duel, the two teams fought each other with all means. The Celtics have another chance to force a Game 7 should they win Game 6 on Thursday.
Draymond Green recently spoke to the press about how the Warriors have fared in their battle against the Celtics. Though it was a hard-fought fight, Green said it was “not comparable” to the mental challenge of facing LeBron James. He said,
“It’s not like playing mentally against LeBron James, who I think is arguably the smartest guy to ever play that game. He’s not one of them, he’s probably the smartest guy to set foot on a basketball court. To say it’s comparable is disrespect to LeBron and a lie to you.
…[This is] not so much a chess game as against LeBron, who dissects every move in his computer as if in real time. Like it’s just a skill that not many people have. Not many people can come in and sit here and find a seven minute to four minute random stretch in the second quarter and give you every game like the T and not miss a shot. There aren’t many people who can do that.”
While congratulating James on his skills, Green reiterates that he believes the Celtics are a formidable opponent. Discussing his thoughts on the team, he says: “They are super young and fast and strong and all the things that we know and have heard over the course of this series. You are those things. And then of course they’re super talented and when you’re faced with that you have to try to outdo a guy.” He adds that he thinks Marcus Smart is a star player who is “extremely smart, it’s like a chess game, that competes against him. He’s the brains of this team, so to speak. I think every team has that guy, that’s the brains of that team, and they have that in Marcus Smart, a guy I have tremendous respect for and his basketball IQ. So it’s definitely a challenge.”
Check out his full answer below.
Draymond Green faced a mental challenge facing Celtics vs. LeBron James:
“It can’t be compared. He’s arguably the smartest guy to set foot on a basketball court. To say it compares to that is disrespectful to LeBron and it’s a lie to you.”pic.twitter.com/jXCyULdW29
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 15, 2022
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