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Gary Payton II presents the Warriors’ immediate results in the NBA Finals return

SAN FRANCISCO – Gary Payton II did not want a long-term interview or long-term discussion with his Hall of Fame father on what to expect in the NBA Finals. All they need is to see what might be called “The Look” from The Glove.

You see it. It brings you to the climax of a simple and important message: The time has come.

“She was right there in the corner with [Detlef Schrempf]”Payton said Sunday night.” He just shook his head and I said, ‘Yeah, I know what that means.’

“You know, go to work.”

This is what Payton did when he entered the courtroom at 5:30 just before the first leg of Game 2 of the NBA Finals. His one-month return from the left elbow was enough, and the 29-year-old would no longer need the Warriors to win 107-88 with the Celtics until a single win.

Payton played 25 minutes in the win, the Warriors ’most prolific player on the bench. He scored seven points to go with three rebounds and three assists, and was a perfect 3-to-3 off the field. But the first time he touched the ball, the Chase Center all held his breath.

Slowly and a half and a half after entering the game, Payton ran down the aisle with only Boston guard Jaylen Brown next to him. At first glance, it looks like a simple sleeper or jumper for an old bouncy soldier. Instead, he turned on his body, Brown was summoned to commit a crime and Payton fell on his injured left knee.

Following the victory, he insisted that the fall was not painful and that his adrenaline relieved any pain throughout the game.

“No, no. I tried to do my best as I could,” Payton said.

Then he missed both of his free throws, and could have come down from there. Payton could have lost confidence in himself, as did Steve Kerr. The truth was far from that.

Just before the end of the first half, Steph Curry found Payton open in the left corner near the Celtics bench. The left one was never late. He was 6-for-8 from a long distance in the playoffs before the injury.

Now, they are 7-for-9.

“It looks good, doesn’t it?” Payton said this when asked about his shooting.

What a relief it was to see his first shot across the net, it is no secret that Payton’s main responsibility is safety. No silver line injury and pain he was hardening. However, with the help of the elbow instead of the knee, knee or any other part of the lower body, Payton was able to find a lot of self-defense work during his remodeling.

Over the past three weeks, Kerr has seen Payton go through a lot of controversy in court. You’ve seen him finish countless self-defense shows, going 1-on-1 full court without his left hand. It is a testament to Payton’s desire to help his teammates drive the race, and it’s one of the main reasons Kerr was free to give him a few more minutes before the start of May 3.

The difficulties were few of the teacher’s worries. However, he could not even predict that Payton’s first game would go well.

“He needs extra days to get ready, and I think he was smart,” Kerr said. “The level of safety, body and speed of change – gives us great motivation.”

Payton was recorded at 6-foot-3, but his very long wings allow him to guard several positions. They can lock guards, wings, and even front. As he entered the game, he showed Celtics goalkeeper Derrick White coming in between Robert Williams III. White did not score once in the first quarter, and his actions at the end of the season saw Steph Curry give the Warriors one lead with just 1.5 seconds.

White scored 21 points in Boston’s Game 1 win. He scored 12 in Game 2 and was minus-17 over 30 minutes. Payton was also tasked with trying to harass young Celtics midfielder Jayson Tatum, who is five inches taller than him. Tatum, after scoring 12 points last night, dropped 28 for the Warriors.

It was also a low-36 game.

On the other hand, Payton was a plus-15. Not to mention the games he was injured in, he is now 36 in seven playoff games.

“He’s a man who can defend a number of roles, and he can … we can play him in small teams because he can come back well,” said Warriors center Kevon Looney. “He seems to bring in some kind of power. He comes out of change, he’s a threatening lob.

“We missed him on the final list and in the first game, then getting him back was good because he was a distraction. You know, he plays well from the dunker. He just gives a lot of things we do. ‘I don’t have it.”

NOTE: Kerr: Steph ‘breathing’ in the Warriors’ third quarter game

Best known for his father’s early career than his career, Payton moved to Oregon State in 2016. Prior to the season with the Warriors, he had never played 29 games in the NBA season. He won the G League, including 13 games recently as last season. Payton played just one preseason game with the Warriors this season, their fourth game in their show, scoring 12 points and one return, one steal and one block in 11 minutes.

And he still secured a place in the Warriors ’15th and final spot that day as a regular opener.

Through all his battles, all his trials and tribulations, all his uncertainties – Payton is his home. All here in the Bay Area are the Warriors, as well as the Finals looking to prepare for the competition ring, something even the original Payton could not fly.

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