When he returned from injury in April, Draymond Green made a bold prediction about his three-point percentage in the playoffs. So far, it hasn’t exactly gone to plan…
The Golden State Warriors bounced back from their Game 1 Finals loss to the Celtics to take Game 2, 107-88. The Warriors responded in the perfect fashion and it all started with Draymond Green.
Green set the tone on defense from the very first possession and his relentlessness continued throughout the game. Draymond is undoubtedly the engine that drives the Warriors’ championship core, and while his defense is immaculate, his offense often leaves a lot to be desired.
Draymond Green’s bold three-point prediction in April
Halfway through the season, around the All-Star break, Draymond Green missed 31 straight games due to a herniated disc. He made his return in April, playing 33 minutes in the Warriors’ win against the Utah Jazz, before featuring in the Dubs’ 109-90 victory against the Kings.
Draymond drilled two three-pointers early on in the game as the Kings defense insisted on leaving him wide open. Those were his only two buckets of the night, however, as he finished with six points, seven rebounds, and five assists.
After the game, Draymond spoke about going two-for-two from beyond the arc.
“It was great,” Green said (per NBC Sports). “I had told myself coming into the game I’m gonna come out firing tonight. And then I hit those two and I stopped firing. But it was great.”
He then made a rather bold prediction about the upcoming playoffs: “It was really good to see those couple go in. But this is my time of year where I hit shots, you know. So I’m looking forward to how those teams have been playing me, how they were playing me in Game 7. I love that. It’s about that time of year where I start shooting 40 [per cent] from three.”
His prediction has gone pretty terribly so far
Green is an infamous smack-talker and is usually able to back it up – apart from this time. Since he boldly predicted he’d start shooting 40 per cent from three as soon as the playoffs rolled round, Draymond has hit just 21.4 per cent from three this postseason (per StatMuse).
Furthermore, in Games 1 and 2 in the Finals against the Celtics, Draymond is 0-for-5 from three-point range. It means he has a three-point percentage of 0 in the series, mostly off wide open looks as a result of Steph Curry being covered.
His prediction of 40 per cent suddenly seems a little ambitious, but there’s a long way to go in the series and Green may well turn it around if he gets the hot hand.
Remember he did make six of his eight three-point attempts in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals against the Cavs, so he is capable. However, at his current rate expect the Celtics to dare him to shoot whenever he gets the ball around the arc.
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