Draymond Green is disappointed with Cavaliers’ playoff opponents, wishes they would ‘compete a little harder’
The Eastern and Western Conference elite have proven to be an overwhelming task for their matchup thus far into the playoffs in the eyes of more than just the fans, but some of the players as well.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have breezed by their competition to a sparkling 8-0 this postseason, getting all the rest they tried to get throughout the regular season and even more than they bargained for, according to forward Channing Frye — ultimately coasting away to yet another Eastern Conference finals.
Forward Draymond Green however, is rather unimpressed with the effort output from the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors throughout their series against Cleveland, making light of it being a one-sided affair in favor of the Cavs due to the vast difference between the teams.
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Green told Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News. “I just watched San Antonio-(Houston). I like to watch good basketball. When you watch Cleveland play, you’re 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.”
Golden State has also been a lot to handle for both the Portland Trail Blazers and the Jazz in this series, seamlessly morphing from an offensive juggernaut into a defensive fortress at the blink of an eye.
While perhaps it is the direct result of the amount of stacked talent and clean bill of health from both teams that has made such an eye-popping difference in the quality of play — both contenders are better off sweeping their respective series and allowing for rest if they hope to meet yet again for a third time in the NBA Finals.