The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are 8-0 in the
NBA playoffs, and a third straight Finals match is looking more
likely than ever.
However, to Draymond Green, the Cavaliers’ path to the Finals has
been a bit easier than the Warriors.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Green said he’s been
disappointed with the quality of postseason play, saying he
thought the Cavs’ series have been very one-sided.
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Green said. “I
just watched San Antonio-Houston. I like to watch good
basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you’re only watching
one side of the good basketball. That’s kind of weak.
“I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it’s
going to be a close game. I like to watch teams playing good
basketball. When you watch them, you watch one team playing good
basketball and everybody else do something. I don’t know what
that something is.”
Green is not wrong, of course. After a close sweep over the
Indiana Pacers in the first round, the Cavaliers stormed through
the Toronto Raptors in the second round, outscoring them by 61
points in four games.
It’s worth wondering, however, Green’s motivation for his
comments. While he said it’s far too early for the Warriors to
think about the Finals, he may still be plotting the seeds for a
potential rematch with the Cavs.
In October, Green told NBA.com’s David Aldridge that
he wants to “annihilate” the Cavs in a Finals rematch.
“If Cleveland comes out of the east, I want to destroy Cleveland.
No ifs, ands and buts about it. But I also know that there’s
steps to get to that point. And if and when we get to that point,
I want to annihilate them … I want to completely destroy
them. No ifs, ands or buts about it. That won’t change. I’m not
saying we’re going to look forward to that. Like I said, there’s
a long road ahead. And it’ll be a tough, tough road to get there.
Nonetheless, if we get there, and they get there, I want to
Asked again about his comments after the Warriors eliminated the
Jazz on Monday, Green did say the Cavs have been playing well,
but their opponents have been weaker.
“I think Cleveland’s been playing great basketball. You watch
them, it’s been amazing. And then you watch the other teams that
they’re playing against — not so much.”
The Cavs and Warriors still have four wins to go before they can
truly think about the NBA Finals. But the postseason has proven
that few teams in either conference truly seemed poised to stack
up against either team. With that knowledge, it certainly seems
like Green is already trying to get into the Cavs’ heads.
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