Gary Payton II returned to the court in Game 2 triumph of the Golden State Warriors over the Boston Celtics (88-107).
The young guard missed a month of action after getting injured in the Western Conference semifinals vs the Memphis Grizzlies.
In his first NBA Finals appearance, Gary Payton II spent 25 minutes on the floor and went for seven points, on 3/3 shooting.
“It was amazing. I was itching to get out there. I was in the tunnel just walking back and forth, pacing, waiting for Coach to call me.
He kind of pump faked me at first for a little bit, got me going. But after I got on the floor, I kind of calmed down and settled in,” he told media, including Hedgeout.net, afterwards.
The series now shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 and the Warriors will seek to re-claim the home-court advantage (1-1).