Sixers Veteran’s Awkward ‘Nut Up’ Soundbite Goes Viral, Twitter Has Field Day

Danny Green's nut up comments go viral

Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers holds back Danny Green #14 as he yells at a referee in the first half of Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round.

The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to stave off an embarrassing postseason choke job. The team has dropped two straight games as their series lead over the Raptors has dwindled to 3-2. Game 6 is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Toronto.

Prior to leaving for the airport, veteran wing Danny Green had a brutally honest message for everyone: “either we’re going to nut up or fold.” Translation: the Sixers need to man up and assert their will and close out the series or face the consequences. The latter would make them the first team in NBA history to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-0 lead. Green’s comments were meant to serve as a wake-up call to anyone of his teammates still hitting the snooze button.

“We have the pieces, we’ve done it three times already,” Green told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “We have two games to get one but we’re taking it one game at a time. But we want to get this one. We have four opportunities to get one, but now it’s Thursday — it’s coming soon, in Toronto, in their building. We got no choice now, either we’re going to nut up or fold.”

Green did his part in Game 5 when he exploded for 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including four dagger triples. There was a point in the first half where his sweet stroke – along with some clutch baskets from Tobias Harris – were the only things keeping the Sixers alive. The three-time champion was inserted into the starting five to start the postseason due to Matisse Thybulle’s vaccination status. He has averaged 8.4 points in 31.8 minutes per game.

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Twitter Clowns Green for Awkward Soundbite

Twitter is arguably the most unforgiving social media platform around so naturally Sixers fans had fun with Green’s interestingly awkward soundbite. For starters, several people pointed out how nervous the veteran player looked when speaking. Robert Parkin thought Green was about to predict a choke job before catching himself. DJ Snazzy Jeff — what a great handle, btw — brought up a famous American president: “Abraham Lincoln once said this right before delivering the Gettysburg Address.”

There were also multiple memes dedicated to Michael Jordan, while a few Toronto fans chimed in to say “Raptors in 7.” Perhaps the wildest and most random response was from a Magic supporter who Photoshopped an image of Green in a Magic uniform. That one came out of left field.

Pushing Forward After ‘Tough Loss’

The Sixers’ 103-88 loss on Monday night was a tough pill to swallow. It marked a squandered chance to finish off the Raptors and ended with fans booing the Sixers off their home floor. Head coach Doc Rivers cited a lack of toughness and several players agreed their effort wasn’t good enough.

“To be honest with you this is a tough loss for us, a game that we wanted, we didn’t put enough effort in to get the W but we gotta stick together,” Tobias Harris said. “We gotta figure out how we can gather that type of energy and be able to be at our best. We really just gotta focus on what’s worked for us through the series in the games that we have won and what has been successful and we have to just do more of that.”

Sixers-Raptors Injury Report for Game 6

The early injury report lists two Sixers players out for Game 6: Matisse Thybulle (ineligible) and Charles Bassey (right shoulder). Joel Embiid (right thumb) will be available as he looks to participate in his second straight game since tearing a ligament on his shooting hand. Meanwhile, the Raptors could be without Fred VanVleet (left hip) who is officially “doubtful” for Thursday’s contest. Thaddeus Young (left thumb) was listed available.

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