Draymond Green said he entered Game 2 of the NBA Finals determined to "bring force" and safe to say he was successful in his mission. In Game 2, the Golden State Warriors were able to bounce back from a Game 1 loss as they beat the Boston Celtics 107-88 to tie the series to one game apiece.
Green delivered an all-around performance in Game 2 as he scored nine points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out seven assists. "I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I'm going on about my summer and we lost the NBA Finals because we couldn't meet force with force," Green said, per ESPN.
"So I think that was just kind of it for me, and understanding that, like I said, that is my department. That's where I'm supposed to lead, and I can't let my guys down."
Green: Bringing force is important
The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and they are not shying away from playing physicall basketball.
"You get to the NBA Finals, and physicality and meeting force with force is important," Green said. "It's just something that you have to bring to this game, when I watched the film, and even just how I felt, I just didn't think they felt us enough.
You can't get to this stage, to this level, and the reason you lose is because a team didn't feel you. That's a shame. You have to lose once you get to this level because a team was just better than you." Green is never backing down from a physical challenge and he credits some all-time greats for his physical nature.
"Playing at Vets Park, playing at the Civitan Recreation Center, obviously, growing up I watched guys like Gary Payton, Rasheed Wallace," Green said. "I watched all those guys and how they went about their business.
Dennis Rodman. Seeing those guys over the years, and I have a huge appreciation for Uncle Oak, how he enforced things. That's a part of the game. That is a skill."