Draymond Green Wants Warriors vs Sacramento Kings Playoff Matchup

Draymond Green Wants Warriors vs Sacramento Kings Playoff Matchup

Edwin Kiplagat
  • Draymond Green wants the Golden State Warriors to face the Sacramento Kings in the playoffs
  • The Kings are on the verge of qualifying for the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2006
  • The Warriors are seventh in the Western Conference and could still miss out on the playoffs

The Sacramento Kings are the story of the 2022/23 NBA season so far. They are third in the Western Conference with a 45-30 record and are on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time in 17 years.

Golden State Warriors veteran, Draymond Green wants his team to face the Kings because he feels traveling will be much easier.

Draymond Green, De'Aaron Fox, NBA, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Mike Brown
Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and DeAaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings smile during the game. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE.
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After 16 consecutive seasons without an appearance in the postseason, Mike Brown's team are close to sealing their spot. It is only a matter of time. May 5, 2006, was the last time the Kings played a playoff game, per Basket News.

Kings fans have waited for a long time, but this is just the first step. They may face Brown's former team, the Warriors.

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The defending NBA champions are 7th in the West with a 39-37 record. With just a few games to go in the 2022/23 season, the Kings may face the reigning champions.

Green wants the Kings

The Warriors have won four NBA titles since 2015; therefore, it would be unwise to underestimate Steve Kerr's team despite their struggles this season.

Green gave a hilarious reason why he wants to play the Kings in Round 1.

"Not because I think Sacramento is a weak team, because the travel is so much easier... The only place we can fly and get to in 45 minutes in the Western Conference is Sacramento," he joked, via NBC Sports.

The Warriors' core is on the other side of 30 and their bodies must have suffered from the wear and tear of deep playoff runs and travel across the country.

"I said all that to say the reason why I said Sac is simply just because of the travel," Green said. "That's a lot on your body. If we could bus ride an hour and ten minutes up the way like, I just think that's much better for us."

Either way, a Kings vs. Warriors matchup should be entertaining since it has so many storylines and talking points. However, the Golden State must first secure a playoff spot in a chaotic West.

Warriors collapse against Timberwolves

Sports Brief earlier reported on the Warriors suffering an uncharacteristic collapse late in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Golden State looked like they were on their way to another home win with a 96-95 lead and possession of the ball with 16 seconds left.

The Warriors' Draymond Green had a costly turnover though, as Kyle Anderson stole his pass and the Wolves quickly went on the attack.