Draymond Green sarcastically fires back at Udonis Haslem for Heat-Celtics beef

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Draymond hits back at Haslem after Heat knockout originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The phrase “break the code” has been the unofficial mantra of the 2022 NBA playoffs.

Miami Heat lifer Udonis Haslem was the last to say those three words, addressed to Warriors forward Draymond Green. And in classic green fashion, he’s embraced confrontation.

Following the Warriors’ decisive win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Green appeared on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” and, when harassed to answer Shaquille O’ Neal, predicted that Golden State would play the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.

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At the time, the Celtics held a three-to-two lead in the Eastern Conference Finals against Miami and were coming off a dominating 93-80 victory in Game 5. The Heat shocked the basketball world by winning game 6 on the road. to keep the series alive, and after the match Haslem said Green “broke the code” with the prediction and called it “disrespectful”.

In an interview with Mark J. Spears from Andscape, Green made it clear that he appreciates Haslem’s comments.

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“It was exciting to know that people pay so much attention to my words and what I say,” Green said. “Wow. They really looked at what I had to say and it motivated them? I’m getting better at this motivational stuff. It’s awesome.”

Unfortunately for Haslem and the Heat, Green’s motivation didn’t last until Game 7 as Miami fell 100-96 to Boston, setting up the 2022 NBA Finals game between the Warriors and Celtics.

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