The Golden State Warriors looked to have Game 1 of their NBA Finals match-up against the Boston Celtics won. For three and a half quarters, they controlled the outing to various degrees.
Then in the fourth quarter – it all fell apart.
When it was all said and done, Boston emerged with a 120-108 victory after a 40-point explosion in the final period.
After the loss, one Warriors player stepped up and took the blame for what happened.
During an appearance on his podcast, Draymond Green opened up about how he let Stephen Curry down in Game 1.
“When I look back at the game, I failed him because I didn’t play well,” Green said. “And when he comes out guns blazing like that, playing the way he’s playing, I have to make sure that I do my part to make sure that ends in a win.”
Green obviously had something of a rough showing in the opening game of the Finals. He finished with just four points on 0-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc, as well as three turnovers. He missed 10 shots in total on the night before fouling out.
Given the instrumental role Green plays in making the Warriors’ offense go, obviously that performance can’t repeat itself in Game 2.
All that being said – Green maintained a positive outlook.
“I know I have to play better,” he noted. “But the way Steph Curry got out to that start was very promising. And I think we’ll start to see more of that. And myself and other guys can help and make sure that continues.”
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Curry finished Game 1 with a game-high 34 points while shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Interestingly enough, Green wasn’t the only person who believed that he played a disappointing role in Golden State’s unfortunate loss. Patrick Beverley made the same point on ESPN. It seems like everyone agrees that he is a pivotal part of the Warriors’ championship hopes and he needs to step up.
Will he be able to do so in Game 2?
Time will tell.