Draymond Green: ‘Durant made GSW unbeatable’
The Golden State Warriors may now be enjoying their fifth straight Western Conference championship after getting rid of the Portland Trail Blazers Tuesday (Manila time) in an overtime Game 4 119-117, but things just aren’t the same without their superstar Kevin Durant. Forward Draymond Green still credits KD for making the team “unbeatable” ever since he first joined last 2016.
Green told ESPN, “There’s been so much talk about how, ‘Oh, they’re the Warriors. Before Kevin got there they were great.’ Bulls—. We was damn good. I think we were a very good team who was tough to beat. I think when Kevin came here, he made us unbeatable. When DeMarcus [Cousins] came here, it made people scratch their head even more. And so we need those guys. The next series is going to be tough, and I hope and pray that we can get him back.”
Durant has been sidelined since acquiring a right calf injury in the midst of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets. The Warriors management has not yet given a definite date for KD’s return, but they remain optimistic that Durant will be able to come back healthy for the NBA Finals. Durant is scheduled to be reevaluated later this week, and Golden State wants to make sure that he responds well to the treatment before releasing any statement.
The Warriors have constantly recognized Durant to be one of the reasons why GSW maintains its position as the NBA Champions for two consecutive years. He averaged 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the playoffs prior to getting the injury. Green mentioned that the Warriors were motivated to end the conference finals series early to give Durant and other injured players like Cousins and Iguodala more time to rest and recover.
“Our goal is obviously to get all three of those guys back,” Green said. “We know we’re a good team with who we have, but those guys make us great and almost unbeatable. And we know we need [Durant].”
The NBA Finals is fast approaching. Whether their opponent be the Milwaukee Bucks or the Toronto Raptors, it surely won’t be easy for the Golden State Warriors to defend their title. They will definitely need Durant’s impressive court prowess in order to win that third championship. (Janiel Abby Toralba)