Golden State Warriors center Draymond Green said he found it interesting that the Miami Heat were bothered by his comments. Prior to the Heat and Boston Celtics Game 6, Green said the Warriors would play the Celtics in the NBA Finals.
The Heat won Game 6 to tie the series to 3-3 and after the match spoke about how they felt disrespected by Green. The Heat did manage to force a Game 7 in Miami but they failed to secure an NBA Finals ticket as the Celtics won Game 7 100-96 to advance to the NBA Finals.
“It was exciting to know that people pay that much attention to my words and what I say. Wow,” Green said, per Marc J. Spears. “They really watched what I had to say and that motivated them? I’m getting better at this motivational thing.
That’s great”. Udonis Haslem, a three-time NBA champion, described Green's comments as disrespectful. “Draymond broke the code,” Haslem told Yahoo Sports. “You ain’t supposed to say some s*** like that.
That’s disrespectful. He know better than that. He let Shaq peer pressure him into saying some s*** he ain’t got no business saying. I didn’t sleep much after he said that. That was some bulls***”.
Green angered the Heat
After a Game 6 victory versus the Celtics, P.J.
Tucker said Green knows extremely well how there are no guaranteed wins in the NBA. "It's funny," Tucker said of Green's comments. "We laughed. I thought it was funny because he knows better than anybody we still got to play the game.
Got to play. There's no guarantees of anybody winning in this league on a night-in and night-out basis. It's kind of weird to be a player and pick another team. I don't know." Following a Game 6 victory, the Heat said they would do the same in Game 7.
Unfortunately for the Heat, they didn't get the job done in Game 7. After a devastating Game 7 loss, Heat superstar Jimmy Butler said they need to figure out a way to be more consistent. "Figure out a way to be consistent," Butler said.
"I think we had enough -- I think we do have enough. It sucks because you don't know who is going to be on roster any given year, you know what I'm saying. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to play with the guys that I did have to play with.
It's been like that every year in the league. We had enough. Next year, we will have enough and we're going to be right back in the same situation, and we're going to get it done."