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Draymond Green confident Warriors will play Celtics in 2022 NBA Finals


The Warriors punched their ticket back to the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and now they should wait to see if either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat will join them.

The Celtics hold a three-games-to-two lead over the top-seeded Heat with Game 6 set for Friday night at TD Garden in Boston. A possible Game 7 would happen Sunday at FTX Arena in Miami.

Nothing is ready in stone in an Eastern Conference finals that has been a seesaw series, but Draymond Green is pretty sure he knows which team might be coming to San Francisco next week.

Green and Steph Curry made an appearance on TNT’s “Contained in the NBA” after the Warriors eliminated the Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, and Shaquille O’Neal asked the four-time NBA All-Star who he would love to play.

Green: “I feel each teams are tough. Boston causes problems, especially offensively and their defense is incredible.”

O’Neal: “Draymond. How long we been boys, Draymond? I would like your honest answer Draymond.”

Green: “In case you’re asking me who I would like to play, I’ll let you know who I feel we’ll play. We will play Boston. That is who we’ll play.”

O’Neal: “That is the Draymond I do know.”

The Warriors split their regular season series with the Celtics, while they won each meetings against the Heat.


After a two-year NBA playoff hiatus, Green, Curry and Warriors are back within the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight years. It has been an extended road back so far and nobody knows that higher than the guts and soul of the team.

“This one is special because it is a group that nobody ever thought can be back here,” Green told TNT’s Ernie Johnson in the course of the Western Conference finals trophy presentation. “Klay Thompson goes through two catastrophic injuries, Steph Curry breaks his hand, we win 15 games two years ago. A bunch of young guys and experienced guys and [Warriors president and general manager] Bob [Myers] got at me earlier this yr after I said ‘I do not know if this has ever worked.’ And he got at me. But this group continued to come back every single day, put the work in. Our coaching staff has been amazing and we here, we back.”

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The Warriors definitely are back and now they’ve time to rest and get better until the Finals begin next Thursday, June 2 against either the Celtics or Heat.

If Green has his way, the Warriors will know the Celtics are coming to town as early as Friday night.

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