The 2022 NBA Finals have been quite a roller coaster ride, and it’s not nearly finished. While the Warriors grabbed a huge Game 5 win on Monday to take a 3-2 series lead, the Celtics are plenty good enough to turn the tables once again, this time in their favor.
But Boston fans can’t be feeling too good right now, not after the Celtics lost two straight games for the first time in this year’s NBA Playoffs. The Warriors were once left for dead, too, down 2-1, so clearly, anything can happen. Still, sports fans at Boston’s Fenway Park felt like letting off some steam at the Red Sox game, yelling an anti-Draymond Green chant, just as fans did at TD Garden in The Finals.
Though I’ve yet to find a video of the chant at Fenway Park, it’s not a stretch that the chant indeed took place.
And here are some more eyewitness reports, if you will, just for fun.
Green helped get the Warriors on track against Boston in Game 2, as he blatantly attempted to aggressively trash talk the Celtics to throw them off their game. It worked, but when Golden State went to Boston for Game 3, the crowd was ready to taunt, and Green responded with one of his worst games, especially in The Finals.
In Game 4, the chants continued, and Green had another suspect game. The Warriors won, however, mostly thanks to the brilliance of Stephen Curry, who scored 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
But the Warriors responded in Game 5, in large part due to the defensive brilliance of Green. Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, and Gary Payton II picked up the slack on offense for Curry, who didn’t hit a 3-pointer for the first time in 233 games, playoffs and regular season combined.
So it’s no wonder fans at Fenway still have Green on their mind. It’s a sure bet that fans at TD Garden will as well, as Golden State looks to close the series on Thursday in Boston. But if there’s one thing this roller coaster of an NBA Finals has taught us, it’s that for the Warriors to have a chance, Green will have to play closer to his best than to his worst, no matter what the crowd has to say about it.