The Western Conference Finals everyone’s been expecting since the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs combined for three home losses in the regular season has been put on pause until further notice.
The Thunder won on the Spurs’ home court Tuesday to take a 3-2 series lead. That means Gregg Popovich and the gang will have to win their next two games if they want to prolong their season. Knowing what they’re capable of, the smart money says the series goes seven games.
That’s good news for the Warriors, because they’ll get extra rest before engaging their next opponent — that is, if you listen to Draymond Green tell it.
“Do I think they’re done? Of course I think they’re done,” Green said about the Portland Trail Blazers after Game 4. “I trust my teammates. I trust our team to come out ready to go and close the series out. Of course I think they’re done. It’s time for us to close the series.”
Bravado from Green is to be expected; after all, he had just admitted he called out Portland before Game 4 because he thought it would fire up his teammates.
Accordingly, when asked if he’s developed respect for the Blazers, Green played it close to the vest.
“We’ll talk about that on Wednesday,” Green said. “We’ve got another game in the series.”
I look forward to an effusive Green praising Damian Lillard and the rest of the ’Zers after a close game that turns into a blowout in the fourth quarter.
Draymond can then use the time off to prepare plenty of bulletin board material for the Spurs or Thunder.
Get off my lawn
Tracy McGrady apparently wants to be mentioned with other greats like Oscar Robertson and Stephen Jackson.
That has to be the only reason for his comments Tuesday as Stephen Curry accepted his second-straight MVP: “For him to be that first player to get this unanimously, I think it just tells you how watered-down our league is,” McGrady said on ESPN’s The Jump. “Think about when MJ played, Shaq, those guys really played against top-notch competition.”
It’s cool seeing T-Mac fully embrace being that guy on your Facebook feed that won’t stop posting Buzzfeed articles about how cool the ’90s were.Damian Lillarddraymond green oscar robertsonGolden State Warriorsjacob c. palmerStephen CurrySteve Kerrtracy mcgrady