Draymond Green: LeBron James Deserved Standing Ovation for Photographic Memory

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 07: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is defended by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Many were impressed by LeBron James' ability to remember an entire fourth-quarter sequence after his team's Game 1 loss to the Celtics, and Draymond Green is one of them.

"He should've gotten more than [an applause]," the Warriors forward said Monday, per Chris Haynes of ESPN. "He should've gotten a standing ovation."

James was asked what happened during the Celtics' 7-0 run Sunday, and he responded with a play-by-play breakdown, via NBA TV:


How's that for a memory? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ #GameTime https://t.co/YpFLxw2K3A

Some reporters in the room clapped after the recall.

While Green took notice of the memory, his coach, Steve Kerr, wasn't all that impressed, noting his star player could likely do the same.

"Draymond would be the same way," Kerr said. "We'll be watching tape from when we played Houston in December or something, and guys will go, 'Yeah, I remember that this is what happened next.' I don't think it's that rare. But the best players generally remember the most and have the sharpest memories."

Remembering one play might not be the same as knowing an entire sequence, but it is still notable.

On the other hand, the stretch in question was a key part of the Celtics' 108-83 Game 1 win, turning a 78-64 lead after the third quarter into a 85-64 cushion.ย While the Cavs possibly had enough momentum to crawl back into the game, that run effectively sealed the victory.

It's understandable for James to remember the stretch that likely cost his team the game and series lead.

Green and Kerr will hope no negative moments in Monday's game against the Rockets become similarly ingrained in their heads.


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