Who says trash talk is bad for the NBA? In an era when games look more like soccer matches than they did in the '80s and '90s, it’s safe to say that a little trash talking could benefit what many have seen as an uneventful playoffs. A series that most predicted to be a cake walk for the Golden State Warriors has turned into one of the more compelling series of the post-seasons, and it's getting spicier.
Just moments after Portland handed Golden State its first loss in the series on Saturday, Green described his own 37-point performance as a disappointment. While he managed to credit the Blazers for their "desperation" Green guaranteed that the Warriors would "win game 4." His comments sparked a response from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, per Erik Gundersen of The Columbian:
"Green lamented that he didn’t play his game, playing down his great numbers, before questioning the mental fortitude of the Blazers. ‘They had doubt in the first quarter,’ Green said.
Green is no dummy. Maybe he saw Game 6 of the Clippers series when the Blazers handed out the shirts to all fans that said "Never Doubt."
Or perhaps he saw the two brand new Adidas billboards in Portland featuring Lillard’s face with those two words: "Never Doubt," with the "doubt" being more than double in size.
‘I don’t know what type of mind games he’s playing, but we don’t play games over here,’ Lillard said. ‘There was never any doubt in our minds but maybe he had to tell himself whatever he needed to tell himself. There was never any doubt. There’s never doubt when you beat a championship team. If that’s what he has to tell himself that’s perfectly fine.’
After Game 3, McCollum said he will welcome Green to shoot 3-pointers.
‘I would rather Draymond shoot than Klay Thompson,’ he said as a matter of fact.
On the same night, Green could only describe the intense disappointment in himself and his team, while giving Portland credit for their "desperation" and little else.
Are you not entertained?"
To read Gundersen's full article, click here.