Draymond Green: Warriors knew they ‘had’ Celtics after NBA Finals Game 4

The 2022 NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Boston Celtics was a hard fought battle.

But even against such a talented team, Golden State was extremely confident about their chances after the night of the series at two games apiece with a Game 4 win.

Draymond Green detailed how confident his team was of winning their fourth championship in eight seasons in the final episode of his podcast, where he detailed the exact moment the Warriors knew they were going to pull it off.

“I think after Game 4 we knew we had them,” he said on The Draymond Green Show. “After Game 4 I was like, ‘Okay, I’ll wear all black. It’s going to be a funeral.” Game 5, it’s time to go ahead and really kill these guys. Game 6, we put the dagger in these guys.”

Trailing two to one in the best-of-seven series, Game 4 was crucial to the Warriors’ chances. Steph Curry’s masterful 43-point performance in that contest helped tie the series, and then Golden State took care of business for the next two games.

Green wore the same all-black tracksuit before the last two finals games – for the “funeral,” as he called it – and the rest is history. The Warriors’ intuition was right as they won Games 5 and 6 and lifted the Larry O’Brien trophy for the first time since 2018.

Battle-hardened, Golden State understands what it takes to win the Finals more than any other NBA team in the past decade. When the Warriors won Game 4, they knew it was going to mean trouble for the Celtics, although the odds makers said otherwise.

And for Green, this mentality (and the outfit to match) is just another detail of this NBA title that makes it one of the very special.

“But that was my mindset,” Green said of his all-black ensemble. “And so I went into Game 5 and Game 6 with absolutely the same outfit. It was amazing. It’s part of my journey. And for me, as I said, that was my attitude and I really enjoyed it.”

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When you’ve been to the finals as many times as this Golden State core has, you get a sense of momentum-changing moments.

As they prepare for the upcoming season, Green and the rest of the Warriors are hoping the momentum stays in their corner.

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