Warriors’ Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala console Celtics’ Jayson Tatum after NBA Finals loss

The Warriors showed great sportsmanship after defeating the Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and winning the series 4-2.

Two of the Golden State’s veteran leaders, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, took time out during their celebration to both congratulate and comfort members of the Celtics. Most notable among them was Boston star Jayson Tatum.

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ESPN’s coverage of the Warriors’ post-game celebrations at the TD Garden showed footage of Green and Iguodala speaking to Tatum. Iguodala, 38, appeared to offer words of encouragement to Tatum, while Green, 32, gave the 24-year-old a warm hug.

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Both players appear to have high regard for the young Celtics star, Green in particular. The Warriors forward has often spoken out about his admiration for Tatum – with whom he played on gold-medal-winning Team USA at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics – frequently, including on a recent episode of The Draymond Green Show.

“The only player you can compare him to in this league is Kevin Durant,” said Green. “And we all know what I think of Kevin Durant and what I think of him on offense. One of the best scorers we’ve seen.

“Now Jayson Tatum is like a young version of that. Obviously he doesn’t have all the experience that Kevin Durant has. Kevin is in his 15th or 16th year, JT is in his fifth and you will continue to see that growth. But nonetheless, who he is now is absolutely amazing.”

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Tatum was far from great during the 2022 NBA Finals. He had some shining moments — averaging 21.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7 assists per game — but shooting a paltry 36.7 percent from the field. He also averaged 3.8 turnovers per contest and struggled to play against tough defenders like Green and Andrew Wiggins.

Despite this, Tatum had a strong season and played a big part in Boston’s run to the NBA Finals. Green and Iguodala were probably just reminders as the Celtics forward coped with one of the worst losses of his career.

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