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Many were impressed by LeBron James‘ ability to remember an entire fourth-quarter sequence after his team’s Game 1 loss to the Celtics, and Draymond Green is one of them.
“He should’ve gotten more than [an applause],” the Warriors forward said Monday, per Chris Haynes of ESPN. “He should’ve gotten a standing ovation.”
James was asked what happened during the Celtics’ 7-0 run Sunday, and he responded with a play-by-play breakdown, via NBA TV:
Some reporters in the room clapped after the recall.
While Green took notice of the memory, his coach, Steve Kerr, wasn’t all that impressed, noting his star player could likely do the same.
“Draymond would be the same way,” Kerr said. “We’ll be watching tape from when we played Houston in December or something, and guys will go, ‘Yeah, I remember that this is what happened next.’ I don’t think it’s that rare. But the best players generally remember the most and have the sharpest memories.”
Remembering one play might not be the same as knowing an entire sequence, but it is still notable.
On the other hand, the stretch in question was a key part of the Celtics’ 108-83 Game 1 win, turning a 78-64 lead after the third quarter into a 85-64 cushion. While the Cavs possibly had enough momentum to crawl back into the game, that run effectively sealed the victory.
It’s understandable for James to remember the stretch that likely cost his team the game and series lead.
Green and Kerr will hope no negative moments in Monday’s game against the Rockets become similarly ingrained in their heads.