Warriors' Draymond Green on Celtics Prediction: 'I Thought They Were the Better Team'

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVMay 31, 2022

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after a basket and a foul call during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals at Chase Center on May 26, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Draymond Green was right.

The Golden State Warriors star turned heads when he said he believed his team would face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals when the Eastern Conference representative was still battling the Miami Heat. That turned out to be the case, but Green still explained his reasoning.

"It wasn't a prediction or a slight at anybody," he said, per 95.7 The Game. "I thought they were the better team, and clearly I wasn't far off."

He provided further explanation:

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Draymond Green on the Celtics and the reasoning for his belief that they’d beat the Heat even before series ended <a href="https://t.co/PHjBcwf4R9">pic.twitter.com/PHjBcwf4R9</a>

Green made his prediction after the Warriors defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals, and that didn't sit well with Heat forward Udonis Haslem. In fact, the veteran approached the ESPN announcers' table after Miami defeated Boston in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and thanked the Michigan State product for the motivation:

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"Draymond broke the code," Haslem said, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "You ain't supposed to say some s--t like that. That's disrespectful. He know better than that."

It turns out Green knew better than to think the Heat were going to beat the Celtics because Boston won the decisive Game 7 in Miami, and it will face the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in San Francisco.