Golden State’s Draymond Green kept the best for last

Draymond Green was a force in game 6.

Draymond Green was a force in game 6.
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It was only about a week ago that I was wondering … Last night, answer why you’re worried.

Steph Curry took home the MVP of the finals and rightly so. And yet in a clinch match on the road, perhaps the occasion in the sport, which requires the largest set of stones, given what is at stake and the despair of the opponent, one can not take his eyes off Draymond Green. Curry is their reason for existence, but Green probably remains their leader.

It was clear that the Celtics would come out immediately in Game 6 and start throwing hawks and uppercuts, which they did, becoming 12 even in the middle of the first quarter, which is as good as it would be, because even in lush TD Garden and after the Cs finally played convincing basketball for a while, the Warriors did nothing more than smile, wiped the bottom of their shoes, and just worked with the Celtics until the end of the night.

And at the center of it was Green, who grabbed bounces, pushed Warriors to the floor, always made the right pass and played in defense of three people at once, and never lost a single one. It feels like Green can be taken out of his game so easily, perhaps because he rarely scores so much, so when he collects fouls, there aren’t many ordinary eyes to undo that. But put the biggest prize right in front of him, and even in the biggest cauldron you can imagine you’d think was specifically designed to send him where the buses don’t run, Green was as focused on the laser as possible.

He really can be a miracle, holding the Warriors together at both ends even after all the miles and on at 32 years old. Help, close, bounce, push, pass, do it all over again. Forty-one minutes, +16, the best score in the game besides Gary Peyton Jr. (which is a phrase).

And that is the answer. You put up with all the nonsense in Draymond’s game, and there’s a lot because you get it when it’s most important. It was something to be seen, the way Green had simply become the engine Curry could use to drive around the track. He made Horford look as old as he was, Jason Tatum confused, made Jaylan Brown forget how to dribble, and Marcus Smart forgot… well, just forgot. These four rings are not a coincidence or a ride for him.

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