Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green has always had a brash personality, and he isn't waiting until a potential Finals rematch to get in some trash talking directed toward the likely Eastern Conference representative.
Green, who bashed Celtics center Kelly Olynyk for being a 'dirty player' earlier this week, believes the Cleveland Cavaliers have enjoyed an easy path through the playoffs so far. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe reacted to Green's comments on Tuesday's episode of Undisputed.
Green doubled down on his claim following the Warriors sweep of Utah, after being informed the TNT analysts called the Warriors-Jazz series ‘boring.”
“[Utah] continued to fight. I think the way this team has fought throughout this entire series… I think it was good basketball. They continued to execute their offense, they continued to compete on the defensive end. That was just my opinion, I don’t expect everybody’s opinion to be the same as mine.
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. That’s just my opinion, but whatever. Who cares?”
Draymond Green doesn't see the irony here
“My grandfather used to tell my brother and I ‘every frog will praise his own pond. We have the bluest, deepest water. The most beautiful fish.’
What Draymond is trying to do is trying to play the Golden State Warriors up while minimizing and marginalizing the Cleveland Cavaliers.
They beat the Portland Trail Blazers by an average of [18 points]… were any of the games competitive?”
Skip Bayless: “One.”
Golden State has barely been tested in the playoffs
“Cleveland in the first round, their first two games, they won by a margin of 3.5 [points per game]. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors, their first two games Golden State won my a margin of 20. But that was ‘competitive?’
Then he really ramps it up. Toronto and Utah, both 51 wins. Utah, ‘oh they’re fighting through the entire ballgame. We’re just playing great ball. They’re a good team…’
Did he see the final score?
I read a quote where ‘we’re not worried about trying to go 8-0 because Cleveland went 8-0.’ Exactly. Why are you worrying about who they’re playing? You handle your business on your side, in the Western Conference. Let Cleveland do what they do and hopefully we can all get the fight that we want to see - which is the King vs. the Warriors.”
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Both Golden State and Cleveland have benefited from injuries to the opposition
“The way I see what Draymond is saying is that he’s missing the boat, and the point that both teams have gotten huge injury breaks given their opposition.
I still think Utah is a little better - not a lot - but a little betterthan Indiana and Toronto.”
Shannon Sharpe: “Toronto swept them.”
Skip Bayless: “I know, but Utah was the third best defensive team in basketball, so they have that going for them. And they would have won both these games in Utah, Game 3 and 4, if they hadn’t lost their point guard George Hill. They just didn’t have somebody to put them in positions to close those deals.”
Utah gave the Warriors their best shot
“[Utah] made some good runs last night, then Kevin Durant said ‘no’ and Steph Curry said ‘no’ and Klay Thompson said ‘no.’But they made some good runs. I watched it until the end because Utah fought hard in that game.
And in the first round… you’re right. Jusuf Nurkic, Portland stole him from Denver at the trade deadline. He’s going to change the way they play basketball next year. He’s 7-feet, he’s a dancing bear, he’s got all kinds of skill and he is mentally and physically tough. And when they got him, they went on a tear. 14-5 is what they were with him until he broke his leg, and all of a sudden it was advantage Golden State in round one.”
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The Cavs dodged two bullets with a lucky draw
“But LeBron got huge breaks in the first round. I’m going to say this again. The Bulls beat the Cavaliers all four times they played this year, and the Bulls got hot late…. So you avoided the Bulls. And then I’m going to bring this up one last time. The Miami Heat got crazy-hot featuring Dion Waiters, and they beat the Cavaliers the last three times they played them pretty late in the year. So what a break that Dion Waiters [had] a high ankle sprain. That’s a huge break!”