CJ McCollum epically trash talked Draymond Green during and after Game 1

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors - Game One

If you were to tell the normal NBA fan that the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors would be tied after three quarters in Game 1 of their opening-round matchup, most wouldn’t have believed it. But, the Trail Blazers put on a shooting clinic, specifically their two big stars, and it was enough to tie the game heading into the 4th quarter. Even though in the end Portland didn’t have enough to hold off the Warriors’ firepower at home, it was still a strong performance from the No. 8 seed in the West.

As previously mentioned, it was the Blazers’ two stars in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum who truly did the heavy lifting, though. McCollum tied a franchise playoff record with 27 first-half points, while finishing with 41 and eight rebounds. As for Lillard, he had 34 points, five rebounds and three assists. Only two other players (Evan Turner and Maurice Harkless) were able to hit double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

While many things went the Trail Blazers’ way early in this game, one of them was a missed dunk from Draymond Green, who overall had an amazingly great performance. After that missed dunk, McCollum apparently had a nice bit of trash talk for Green, as the two had been jawing back and forth a bit during the game. According to KNBR.com’s Sam Hustis, McCollum simply told Green he needed to hop back in the gym after the miss.

Pretty hilarious, but even better might be the fact that McCollum stuck with it during the postgame press conference and even laughed about it as well. As you can see, trash talk is just part of the game, and neither player seemed to take it too seriously. For a guy like Green, who seemingly loves to talk trash, we should certainly expect to see plenty more of this as the NBA playoffs roll on.

We may not get to hear much more about the trash talk that actually happens on the floor, but at the very least, if Game 1 was any indication we should be in for a pretty excellent series overall. That especially stands true when you consider that the Warriors were huge favorites in Game 1, but the Trail Blazers’ backcourt firepower should be enough to keep them fighting throughout the series.

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