“Is Stephen Curry Still on This Team? Klay Thompson? Me?”: Draymond Green Believes Warriors Can Cause Troubles if They Book a Play-In Berth

Raahib Singh
|Published December 24, 2022

The NBA’s defending champions are not having the title defense season they would’ve hoped for. Thirty-three games in, the Warriors are on the 11th seed with a 15-18 record. Stephen Curry is still weeks away from returning from injury. Draymond Green has not been able to rally the troops like he used to.

It is a highly competitive Western Conference where the #1 seed and the #7 seed both have the same number of wins. The plan for the Warriors is to stay afloat and within striking distance while Curry rehabs and returns from his shoulder injury.

While many people may doubt the Warriors’ caliber and ability to salvage this season, the same kind of doubt doesn’t even exist in Draymond Green’s head. In a recent interview, Green made a bold claim regarding the team.

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Draymond Green thinks the Warriors would take down the #1/#2 seed if they get a Play-In berth

During the Bubble playoffs, the NBA introduced the Play-In tournament. Four teams, the 7,8,9, and 10th seeds, compete and fight their way to get the final two playoff seeds. The winners face either the #1 seed or the #2 seed.

While talking about the Dubs and their seeding, Draymond said,

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It’s a bold statement, but then again, it truly showcases who the Dubs are and what they’re capable of. When asked to elaborate on his comments, Dray said,

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Last year, the team went Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green being the guys they could rely on. This year, the numbers have doubled, with what Wiggins, Poole, and Looney displayed during their championship run last season.

I agree with Green. If the Dubs make it and secure a playoff berth, it doesn’t matter who they play. They are going to be a problem.

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Can the Warriors win another championship?

So far this season, it has been the Stephen Curry show. If it continues this way, the Warriors can’t repeat their success. However, if the team learns and finds a way to win without Steph on the floor, things might change.

If the team learns to win without Steph around and still manages to incorporate those things with Curry back, they might actually help Steph take a little load off his shoulders. It’s a big IF currently, but there are still 49 games left for the Dubs. A lot can happen in that time frame.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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