Draymond admits when Dubs knew they ‘had’ Celtics in final originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
The 2022 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Boston Celtics was a hard-fought battle.
But even against such a talented team, Golden State was very confident in its chances after tying the series at two games apiece with a Game 4 win.
Draymond Green expressed how confident his team was about winning their fourth championship in eight seasons during the latest episode of his podcastwhere he pinpointed the exact moment the Warriors knew they would make it.
“I think after Game 4 we knew we had them,” he said on “The Draymond Green Show.” “After Game 4 I was like, okay, I’m wearing all black. It’s going to be a funeral.’ Game 5, it’s time to go ahead and really kill these guys. Game 6, we put the dagger in these guys.”
Two-to-one in the best-of-seven series, Game 4 was pivotal to the Warriors’ chances. Steph Curries masterful 43-point performance in that game, the series helped draw, and then Golden State took care of business in the next two games.
Vegetable wore the same all black tracksuit before the last two finals — before the “funeral,” as he called it — and the rest is history. The Warriors’ intuition was right when they won Games 5 and 6 and hung back the Larry O’Brien trophy for the first time since 2018.
Battle-tested, Golden State understands what it takes to win the Finals more than any other NBA team in the past decade. When the Warriors won Game 4, they knew it meant trouble for the Celtics, despite the contrary.
And for Green, that mindset (and accompanying outfit) is just another detail of this NBA title that makes it one of the most special yet.
“But that was my mindset,” Green said of his all-black ensemble. “And so I went into Game 5 and Game 6 wearing absolutely the same outfit. It was incredible. It’s part of my journey. And for me, like I said, that was my mindset and I absolutely loved it.”
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when you have been to the final so many times like this Golden State core has, you start to get a feel for momentum shifting moments.
As they prepare for the upcoming season, Green and the rest of the Warriors hope the momentum stays in their corner.