Isiah Thomas is the latest NBA legend to take aim at Warriors star Draymond Green.
Boston Celtics greats Cedric Maxwell and Robert Parish ripped Green for his Game 2 antics, but Thomas' criticism came after Green's dismal performance in the Warriors' Game 3 defeat. He scored only two points and fouled out, leading Thomas to question his focus on the task at hand.
"The NBA Finals, and when you're playing for a championship, it really is about your mental toughness and your mental focus, and being able to totally 100 percent concentrate on your opponent," Thomas said on NBA TV after the game. "Shutting him down, understanding their offensive and defensive schemes. Any time you lose that focus or that concentration and you're talking about Cedric Maxwell, and you're talking about podcasts, and you're talking about the fans, then you have really lost your concentration and your focus.
"And where does that show up? That shows up in the box score in a game like tonight where you played 34 minutes, you have four rebounds, three assists, and two points. Draymond Green does that in a grade school game, not in the NBA Finals. So when you talk about focus, this is what the NBA Finals is about, and right now he has lost focus in terms of concentrating on beating the opponent.
"He’s not talking about Jaylen Brown. He’s not talking about (Jayson) Tatum, he’s not talking about Marcus Smart. He’s talking about podcasts and he's talking about Cedric Maxwell and the fans. Concentration needs to come back on the Boston Celtics players who you're playing against on the floor."
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Green hosts his own podcast, "The Draymond Green Show," where he recaps games and discusses relevant storylines across the NBA. Perhaps he'll discuss Thomas' remarks on the show. That certainly would be ironic.
The Warriors will need a bounce-back game from Green in Game 4, otherwise they'll risk falling behind 3-1 in the series. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. PT Wednesday at TD Garden.