The Cleveland Cavaliers easily advance to the Eastern Conference Finals after sweeping the Toronto Raptors in the second round. Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green took a shot on the reigning NBA champions, describing the East playoffs as “lopsided” and “boring.”
“I thought teams would compete a little harder,” Draymond Green told Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group. “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.”
Draymond Green: Western Conference more competitive than the East
LeBron James and the Cavaliers continue to dominate the Eastern Conference and are on their way to their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance. Meanwhile, in the Western Conference, the Warriors are currently battling against the Utah Jazz with a 3-0 lead. Both the Cavaliers and the Warriors ruled their respective conference for the past three seasons.
Unlike the Cavaliers, the Warriors undeniably had a more difficult path heading to the NBA Finals. Most people believe that the Western Conference is more competitive than the East. However, the arrival of Kevin Durant made things a lot easier for the Warriors.
Despite not having coach Steve Kerr on their side, the Warriors remain unscathed and could close the series against the Jazz in Game 4. Like the Cavaliers, the Warriors proved to be too much to handle for other West playoff teams. However, Draymond Green defended his claim, saying the Jazz are playing a good brand of basketball.
“But Utah is still playing good basketball,” Green said. “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.”
LeBron James the King of the Eastern Conference
LeBron James ruled the Eastern Conference for the past six seasons, playing for the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers. “The King” has the ability to turn any playoff teams into a legitimate title contender. In the Cavs-Raptors series, James averaged 36 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and one block on 57 percent shooting from the field and 48 percent from beyond the arc.
Even Raptors star DeMar DeRozan had nothing but respect for James. After his team was swept in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, DeRozan said the Raptors could also dominate the East if James is on their team.
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