The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the NBA Finals by a score of 107-88. The two teams kept it close at halftime, but the Warriors once again caught fire in the third quarter, outscoring the Celtics 35-14. Unlike Game 1, Golden State held on to this lead and finished Game 2 with the momentum-shifting victory.
Here are some of the takeaways from the Warriors postgame pressers:
Steph Curry: “If you try hard, good things will happen”
Stephen Curry finished the game with 29 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field and 5-of-12 shooting from deep. His gravity manipulated Boston’s defense perfectly as he set up several open shots for his teammates after drawing the extra defender.
However, during postgame, it wasn’t Curry’s offense but his excellent performance on defense that received praise from the rest of the team. Curry has always been a decent defender because of his effort and basketball IQ. Several of his teammates noted that he has become even better on that side of the floor after his weight training throughout the season added on some extra strength.
"Steph was breathtaking in [the third quarter] ... He just doesn't get enough credit for his level of conditioning, physicality and defense." pic.twitter.com/P7cR9WdBR0— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
Draymond Green on Steph Curry’s defense pic.twitter.com/LUNel18kw3— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 6, 2022
"Steph is a two-way player... He's in the right spots at the right time... he talks to his teammates, he's vocal, and he leads by example on both sides of the court."— NBA (@NBA) June 6, 2022
GP II on Stephen Curry's defense.#NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV pic.twitter.com/xChGwegWIH
Draymond Green: “It’s my job to set the tone on the defensive side of the ball”
Draymond Green is and always will be Golden State’s emotional leader. Game 2 was no different as Green was on a mission to play more physically than Boston. This showed throughout the game as he got into it with several players on the Celtics. The rest of the team noticed Green’s intensity and followed his lead.
Draymond Green: “Just like it’s Steph Curry’s job to set the tone on offense, it’s my job to set the tone on the defensive side of the ball.”— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) June 6, 2022
Draymond Green on the Warriors’ defensive intensity pic.twitter.com/UjCmck845M— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 6, 2022
Steph knew Draymond was going to come out amped up tonight pic.twitter.com/mCYYL0nuW0— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
"I don't know what I was supposed to do there. Somebody got their legs on the top of your head. And then he tried to pull my pants down."— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
Jaylen Brown details the dust-up with Draymond pic.twitter.com/VZtw3t0edv
Al Horford says the Celtics aren't worried about Draymond after tonight's dust-ups pic.twitter.com/YZrlyqFrNf— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
Jordan Poole: “Somebody was going to hit a half-court shot in this series… I just happened to hit it”
Here’s Jordan Poole hitting the shot of the night.
Poole finished the game with 17 points, but he did most of his damage at the end of the third quarter where he demoralized the entire Celtics team with a pair of shots from deep and DEEP.
JP talks about what he did different tonight compared to Game 1 pic.twitter.com/upjUzeY0JP— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) June 6, 2022
Gary Payton II: “I was itching to get out there”
Gary Payton II was a big boost for Golden State in his first game back since fracturing his elbow. His elite on-ball activity brought up the defensive intensity whenever he was in the game. Although many feared his elbow would affect his offense, that wasn’t the case in this one as he finished the game shooting 3-of-3 from the field, including a corner three-pointer, for a total of 7 points. In his postgame presser, Payton seems to be over his injury saying that his elbow doesn’t hurt while he’s in the game.
GPII on what it meant to get back on the floor for the first time since May 3rd.— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) June 6, 2022
He was 3-3 for 7 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. pic.twitter.com/qDw7cl2dMM
Gary Payton II said he did a “tuck and roll” to protect the left elbow on his fall. On his jumper: “It looks pretty good, doesn’t it?” pic.twitter.com/i990Bmcu4h— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 6, 2022
Quote of the Night
The quote of the night belongs to Draymond Green. Here, he makes it clear that Curry has always been the engine that has made the Warriors offense so lethal throughout the years.
Draymond Green was specifically asked about Kevin Durant & the firepower the Warriors put around Steph Curry in the past. His response:— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) June 6, 2022
"It all starts with Steph. When KD was here, our offense still started with Steph. That's the way it's going to be."pic.twitter.com/KV7u28SN6k
Here’s Green’s son, DJ, answering interview questions in a way that would make the 2015 “Championship Parade” Draymond proud.
With this win, the Warriors even the series at 1-1. Golden State is now only 3 wins away from another NBA championship. Both teams will now travel to Boston where the Warriors will attempt to take back home court advantage for a decisive Game 3 matchup on Wednesday night.