The NBA playoffs are about the adjustments each team makes from game to game, and no one knows that better than Warriors star Draymond Green.
When the Warriors aren’t playing, Green makes sure to watch more playoff games or at least catch up on highlights and analysis.
Hours after the Warriors knocked out the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Chase Center on Saturday night, Green was awake in the middle of the night watching “SportsCenter” on ESPN, and he comments on the breakdown of the Boston. The Celtics’ thrilling Game 6 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks to force a win-win Game 7 Sunday at TD Garden.
After the Celtics lost Game 5 at home to lose three games to two to the defending NBA champions, they were eyeing a stunning playoff exit with the Bucks hosting Game 6.
But first-year Celtics coach Ime Udoka and the Celtics made the necessary changes and pulled away from the Bucks in Game 6, winning 108-95 at Fiserv Forum.
Now the series returns to Boston for Game 7, which Green will surely be watching as the Warriors await their opponent in the Western Conference Finals.
Udoka was hired last summer after longtime Celtics coach Brad Stevens decided to take on a front-office role. Boston started slowly and we wondered if it was time to break the tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
But once the schedule was reversed from 2021 to 2022, the Celtics turned things around thanks to Udoka and finished the season on a 34-12 streak to secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Now they are one win away from making the Eastern Conference Finals and a date with the top-seeded Miami Heat.
Despite what Udoka has been able to do with the Celtics since January 1, he finished fourth in NBA Coach of the Year voting behind winning Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
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Udoka probably didn’t get the respect he deserved in the Coach of the Year vote and Green thinks the Celtics coach didn’t get enough praise for guiding Boston to victory on Friday .
Depending on how things play out on Sunday and then over the next two weeks, Green and Udoka could face off in the NBA Finals in June.