Draymond Green, the vocal leader and multi-faceted glue guy for the Golden State Warriors, is never at a loss for words. As he prepares to play in his fourth consecutive Western Conference Finals, nothing is different.
What is he talking about?
He spent a good little bit of time talking about how much the Houston Rockets were talking.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr essentially said the same thing when he chatted with the media the other day.
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Honestly, they’re right. They are the champs and are solely focused on getting back to the NBA Finals and defending their title. The comments that the Rockets are making and have made come with the territory when you are the defending champions.
When Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that they were obsessed with beating the Warriors it was a credit to what Warriors general manager Bob Myers and his organization has done. Golden State has had the bull’s-eye on their backs for the last four years. They already have two titles and are going for their third in that span.
If not for Green kicking himself into lots of trouble, the Warriors could and probably should already have three titles. No doubt he remembers all of the things that were said about all of that.
The Warriors have set the bar high and forced the rest of the league to catch up with them. This season, the Rockets have done the best job of putting themselves in position to knock them off. They beat the Warriors twice in the regular season and there’s a reason that Steph Curry said that Houston is a bigger threat to Golden State than other teams are.
It’s only natural that everything that Houston has said over the course of the season is getting a lot of play now. This Western Conference Finals match up has been anticipated since the season began. Every other team in the league is just as “obsessed” with taking down Golden State as Houston is. Houston’s plan of action has just worked out better than the rest of the league’s has thus far.
Everything has played out the way the Rockets wanted it to. All of the acquisitions have worked out, they have home court and a golden opportunity to get back to The Finals for the first time since 1995. Nothing left to do but go out and play their best basketball and let the chips fall where they may.