Warriors’ Draymond Green Backs ‘Smartest Guy’ LeBron James While Snubbing Celtics in NBA Finals Comparison

Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors are just one game away from the NBA title. Despite a 2-1 loss, the Warriors have won 2 straight games and are on the verge of claiming their 4th title in 8 years. But Green says this year’s Finals were nothing compared to the Finals against LeBron James.

These Celtics definitely tested the Warriors. All the games have been very close and the Celtics have made some big comebacks too. Green also had a difficult time in this series and was ineffective in several games.


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Still, the Warriors managed to take a 3-2 lead thanks to the exploits of Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins. But Green still believes this was nothing compared to a game against LeBron James.

Draymond Green says the Celtics aren’t a challenge compared to LeBron James

Green was asked what the mental challenge of taking on Celtics vs. LeBron James was. Green, who was a vocal admirer of LeBron, addressed the comparisons. He said, “It can’t be compared. He’s arguably the smartest guy to step onto a basketball court. To say it compares to that is disrespectful to LeBron and it’s a lie to you.

May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) plead in front of umpire Josh Tiven (58) during the first half at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron and the Cavs faced the Warriors in the Finals for 4 straight years. Even though the Warriors won 3 of 4, LeBron pushed the team to the extreme every time.


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In the first matchup, it was only LeBron who took the series to 6. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were both out, but LeBron made a heroic effort to push the Warriors. In the sophomore year, the Cavs came back from a 3-1 deficit and LeBron was the main catalyst for that.

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The next two years were somewhat easy for the Warriors due to the addition of Kevin Durant. But LeBron didn’t make it easy for them. The Warriors were pushed to their best, and they came out on top despite LeBron posting historic numbers. And Green has a lot of respect for LeBron for challenging the Warriors. And for pushing them to their limits to become a better team.

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