Warriors' Draymond Green Says 'I Was Soft' in Game 3 Loss vs. Celtics

Doric SamJune 9, 2022

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JUNE 08: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks to pass the ball defended by Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in the third quarter during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 08, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors collectively had a lackluster effort in Wednesday's 116-100 Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals.

But Warriors forward Draymond Green was particularly disappointed with how he played individually, telling reporters after the game, "I was soft."

Green recorded just two points, four rebounds and three assists before fouling out in the fourth quarter. He was a non-factor on both ends of the floor for the Warriors, failing to make the impact the team expects of him.

Green was brutally honest in his assessment of himself. When asked how he felt he played, he responded, "Like s--t."

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"I just think I never found a rhythm, really on both ends of the floor," Green continued. "Not enough force, but just gotta find a rhythm quicker."

Green wasn't the only player on the Warriors to struggle with foul trouble. Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins both were called for four fouls, while Kevon Looney had three. Curry had a game-high 31 points, and Klay Thompson returned to form with 25, but they didn't get much help from the Golden State supporting cast.

Boston was able to take full advantage of the Warriors' lapses by playing aggressively and physically on offense, attacking the rim for 52 points in the paint. The Celtics shot 48.3 percent from the field and outrebounded Golden State 47-31.

Green and the Warriors will have to find the intensity they played with in the first two games ahead of Friday's Game 4 at TD Garden if they hope to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole.