Draymond Green's Response to Being Benched in Game 4
Coach Steve Kerr replaced Draymond Green and Nemanja Bjelica with Kevon Looney (11 rebounds and 6 points) and Andrew Wiggins (17 points and 16 rebounds).
In the timeout following Marcus Smart's free throw to extend the lead to five, the Warriors outscored Boston 11-3 to take a 97-94 lead with Green out.
Green has scored 17 points with 18 fouls in the Finals on 6/26 shooting, including 0/9 from three-point range.
Green, who grabbed an offensive rebound after Klay Thompson missed a three-pointer and later dished to Looney for a layup with one minute left, made some of the night's biggest plays.
Green has averaged 7.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists. He was a rare sight in a Finals game where winning was on the line.
Kerr said he did not see the reaction of his players. However, he added that he does not expect anyone to be thrilled with the outcome.
I'm never thrilled leaving a game in the fourth quarter with seven minutes to go in a must-win game," Green said. "I'm a competitor," the Warriors veteran forward concluded.
However, if the coach decides that's what you will do, then you have to roll with it. I had to focus on playing the game and trying to make some plays when I returned. That was my mentality."
Steph Curry, who had 43 points and 10 rebounds, said, "There's so much trust in how we do things. Coach's decisions are his, and it's our responsibility."
Six of his seven shots in the Finals were missed by Green.
After returning to the game, Draymond showed some juice and some life on defense."