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Warriors’ Draymond Green is hailed for his all-time great performance

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Draymond Green wasn’t at all surprised with his bounceback performance in Game 6.

After struggling on both ends of the floor early in the NBA Finals, Green excelled when the Golden State Warriors needed him most. The Warriors big man had 12 points with 12 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks as his team defeated the Boston Celtics 107-88 and won their fourth NBA title in the last six seasons.

After the win, a defiant Green said he never doubted himself.

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Green’s Game 6 performance came after his poor offensive performances earlier in the series helped put the Warriors in a 2-1 hole. The Warriors’ big man had a terrible shooting performance in Game 1, making just two of his 12 shots and going 0-on-4 from 3-point range. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr even decided to bench Green for critical portions of the fourth quarter in Game 4 to keep Green off the offensive end as much as possible.

Green responded with one of his best playoff performances in Game 6. After missing his first 12 3-point attempts in the NBA Finals, Green made two of his five shots from behind the arc on Thursday.

After winning Game 6, Green was asked if he had learned anything about himself during his fights and had a confident response.

“I didn’t learn anything about myself, I knew I was resilient,” Green said, adding, “No one gave me that, I had to work every second of my life.”

The performance was widely praised for both its offensive contributions and strong defense. The Athletics Anthony Slater called it a great effort from Green “all the time” given the importance of the moment and the difficult matchup.

Despite his previous struggles, the Warriors never lost faith in Green. After his decision to bench Green in the late stretches of Game 4, Kerr predicted that Green’s energy and emotion would be crucial for the remainder of the series.

“Part of the reason he wins is his emotions, his passion,” Kerr said via SI.com. “So when the passion boils over, that’s all part of it. But I wouldn’t trade him or trade his emotions… I wouldn’t trade him, to put it that way. We need what he offers, the emotion and the energy. We have to have that.”

The struggles for Green extended beyond the NBA Finals. After their five-year run to the 2019 NBA Finals came to an end, the injury-plagued Warriors fell to bottom of the league the following season. Golden State also missed the playoffs last season, falling in its first-ever play-in tournament last season after losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies. Green has had many ups and downs this season as well, including a lower back injury that wiped out months of his season.

While Green played with plenty of emotion throughout the NBA Finals, in the end it was he who helped his teammates keep their composure as they won the title.

“Steph Curry is extremely emotional, with 63 seconds left and the title is practically won,” said Slater tweeted. “Draymond Green had to come over and remind him to box on the free throw rebound.”

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