Celtics-Warriors: Steve Kerr sarcastically calls Boston fans “stylish” for song directed at Draymond Green

The Boston Celtics regained control of the NBA Finals in 2022 Wednesday night by pulling away from the Golden State Warriors down the stretch to secure a 116-100 victory in Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in the series. While the action on the court gave many talking points, a lot also happened off the floor. The Celtics’ crowd, which was particularly hostile to Draymond Green, became a story throughout the night – to the point that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and several players picked it up after the game.

Boston has always been known for having great playoff environments, and Game 3 was no exception. With the final back in Boston for the first time since 2010, a late at 9pm local time, and making up for their lost losses, the locals took with them everything they had. TD Garden was loud well before the tip, and the mood impressed everyone from the broadcast team to Warriors beat reporters.

As expected, the audience had something extra for Green. The Warriors striker is a villain in every road arena, but after his performance (and antics) in Game 2, Celtics fans were hot. It only took a few minutes before they did start counting down the “f — you Draymond” songand they mocked him at every opportunity.

They often came overnight, like Green played one of his worst games of the season, and finished with two points, four rebounds, three assists and more turnovers (two) than made curves (one). He also pitched in the fourth quarter, to the delight of the audience.

But despite all the excitement and reactions in the media, the Warriors players insisted that the atmosphere was not a factor in the loss. Green said he expected that kind of atmosphere and did not want to give them a reaction. “Couple for the course,” said Steph Curry. “Every arena you kind of get a little bit. It’s been like that the whole playoffs and every race we’ve run during the course. He expects it. So no different tonight.”

However, both Kerr and Klay Thompson seemed to take offense at the language used. “Constantly,” said Kerr. “Very stylish.”

“[The crowd] was not a factor, “said Thompson.” We have played in front of rude people before. Releases f-bombs with children in the crowd. Really stylish. Well done, Boston “

While the Warriors tried to downplay the effect fans had on the game, the Celtics praised it in the second interview room. Al Horford in particular credited them for helping the team through a tough stretch in the third quarter where the Warriors moved back to take the lead again.

“Yes, I felt our team really kept in balance in those moments,” Horford said. “As you know, earlier in the year, it could have gone south quickly. The other thing was that the energy from our fans was just contagious. I felt it went in just – when I played my shooter an hour and a half before the game, and as soon as I so that, I thought, yes, it’s going to be different tonight. They stayed with us through it because sometimes things can get shaky. “

The Celtics will hope to get the same boost on Friday night in Game 4, when they will have a chance to take a leading 3-1.