The Cleveland Cavaliers have won eight consecutive games, sweeping both the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors in four games each. With eight wins down, they are just eight wins away from winning back-to-back championships.
In the West, the Golden State Warriors have also won all eight of their postseason games thus far. But, instead of focusing on Game 4 of the Warriors series Monday night, Draymond Green felt the need to give a little jab at the Cavs, who he and the Warriors will most likely face in The Finals for the third time in as many years at the beginning of June.
Here’s what he said, from The Mercury News’ Anthony Slater:
“I thought teams would compete a little harder. I just watched San Antonio-(Houston). I like to watch good basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you only watching one side of 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 just…do something. I don’t know what that something is.”
While admitting that he not only isn’t interested in watching the wine and gold because of the potential boredom, he also went on to say that his Warriors have had much better competition so far in their two series sweeps.
“But Utah is still playing good basketball. Regardless if they win or not, I think we’re a better team, but at the same time, they still play a good brand of basketball.”
Yes, the Western Conference may be better than the East, but lets take a look at the two teams’ opponents so far in the playoffs. The Cavs have gone against the Pacers (41-41) and Toronto Raptors (51-31), while Golden State has had the Portland Trail Blazers (41-41) and Utah Jazz (51-31). Judging by their regular season records, doesn’t that mean that Cleveland has gone against better competition so far?
For what it’s worth, Cavs sharpshooter and lockdown defender J.R. Smith also stated that he doesn’t really watch much of any other postseason series. Instead, he supposedly watches the Golf Channel. Then again, at least he didn’t call the Warriors boring.
The Cavs might never say it to the media, but you know that James and company have read these comments and, along with laughing at them, are keeping them in the back of their minds as well. Whether it’s for motivation or just to keep track of just how many times Green has said senseless things about the Cavs since the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead last June, the last thing Green should have done was give No. 23 and the rest of the Cavs just a little more motivation.
Much like some Cavs fans have done all season, Green seems to be taking James and the Cavaliers for granted. Will he learn his lesson the hard way in a few weeks?