Lonnie Walker went off in the fourth quarter to push the Lakers to a Game 4 win over the Warriors. That didn’t stop Draymond Green for shading LA’s hero.
The Los Angeles Lakers certainly didn’t go into Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors thinking that Lonnie Walker would be the hero, but that’s exactly what he became, particularly in the fourth quarter.
Walker scored all 15 of his points in Game 4 in the final frame, helping the Lakers to erase a seven-point deficit entering the last 12 minutes and ultimately come away with a 104-101 victory that moves the series to 3-1 in favor of Los Angeles. Yes, LeBron James and Anthony Davis were their usual selves with a combined 50 points, but it was Walker who stepped up in the clutch to take down the Warriors.
Surprise, surprise, though, Draymond Green wasn’t about to give Walker his flowers.
On Tuesday while hosting The Draymond Green Show, the Golden State veteran shaded the Lakers hero as he said it was a win to “wear down” LeBron and Davis. The hammer was after as he said, “If you can stop LeBron from getting what shots he wants, stop AD from getting what shots he wants — Lonnie Walker beats you, you kind of got to live with it.”
Draymond Green fires shot at Lonnie Walker after Game 4 of Lakers-Warriors
Green saying that “you got to tip your hat” to Walker for his late-game heroics was perhaps even more shade as it came after the previous comments, thus coming of as condescending.
Of course, Green is the king of the pot-stirrers in the NBA, getting stretched for his instigation at the start of each night. So this type of shot-firing isn’t uncommon from him. Perhaps, though, he’s a bit jealous that, while Walker stepped up off the bench to deliver the Lakers a win, the Warriors watched their own key role player, Jordan Poole, have a horrendous game to continue a horrendous series.
Regardless of if Draymond Green is going to give Walker real credit or not, though, the fact of the matter is that the Warriors are now in a 3-1 hole as they head back to the Chase Center. Maybe Green should focuse a bit more on that than if he and his teammates “have to live with” Walker beating them in Game 4.