OAKLAND, Calif. -- After the Golden State Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 103-90 on Thursday night, Draymond Green revealed he became irate after looking over some comments made by Knicks second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis.
“My Nike rep, Adrian [Stelly], showed me something on the sideline like two minutes right before the game tipped off that kind of pissed me off and made me want to go a little harder this game and guard him,” Green said. “So, it was good. I appreciate him for showing me that because I think I was in La-la Land before he showed me that and it just immediately pissed me off.”
Porzingis finished with eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in 35 minutes and Green primarily defended him.
The quotes Green was referring came Wednesday, when Porzingis was asked about his two poor showings against Green last season, in which the Knicks’ young franchise player shot a combined 4-of-19.
During pregame layup drills Thursday, Stelly showed Green a story with Porzingis’ quotes on his phone.
“I want to go out there. Last season, right after the game was over I was thinking when was the next time we were going to get a chance to play against them,” Porzingis said. “I'm ready for him."
Green, who can sometimes use the smallest of sound bites to manufacture bad blood, feels Porzingis hasn’t yet earned the right to say he’s looking forward to battling Green.
“I like the passion, I like the dog that he has, I like that you want to see me again, but keep that to yourself,” Green said. “Don’t let everybody know that you’re going after me. So I guess we’re going to go after each other and that’s fine. I think he’s a great player. I think he will continue to get better and better, but that made it real personal.”
Green finished Thursday with 5 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes.
Porzingis still can’t figure Green out. He said he was disappointed that he wasn’t able to be more effective Thursday, but he was complimentary of his opponent.
“It just wasn’t in my rhythm really, maybe a little too anxious, you know, wanting to do too much,” Porzingis said. “Got to learn from this. Draymond gets into you every time. Before you get the ball, when you’ve got the ball, he’s into you. He’s always using his hands. He’s just a smart defender and he knows how to be in position where you feel uncomfortable.”