When you’re up against the Warriors, the last thing you want is to start a fire under Draymond Green.
CJ McCollum and the New Orleans Pelicans learned that in Tuesday’s 120-109 loss to the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center.
Shortly after Green fouled Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram in the second quarter, McCollum was seen talking to Green, who was held up by Warriors teammates. Late in the third quarter, McCollum was called for a flagrant foul after shoving Donte DiVincenzo, further heightening the tension between the two teams. ,
Speaking to TNT’s Chris Haynes on the sidelines after the game, Green explained how the Warriors’ early deficit and McCollum’s comments gave him the boost he needed to help Golden State turn things around .
We started playing with heart and intensity,” Green told Haynes.
“The first quarter and a half they beat us and we were down 20. When you’re down 20 it takes a real human to talk. I was able to get my guys going and they started doing this they did, and I do what I do.”
“I hurt [Brandon Ingram], it was a good hard attack, and CJ [McCollum] started talking. Don’t start talking, play the game, enjoy what you’re doing.
They had a good argument and he started talking. It’s the kind of game I like. That’s what I do, I grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, and that’s how we played. Once they want to be there, I take advantage of it. “