The Golden State Warriors are positioned to compete for a playoff spot within the NBA’s reformatted postseason format. Nonetheless, three-time NBA champion Draymond Inexperienced scoffed on the notion that the league’s new play-in recreation for the playoffs motivates him when he steps on the courtroom.
“I wish to win each recreation I play as a result of I hate shedding,” Inexperienced mentioned, per Nick Friedell of ESPN. “That s— actually bothers me. In order that’s what motivates me, not preventing for some play-in spot.”
Coming into Friday’s recreation towards the Toronto Raptors, the Warriors sit at 23-25 and slotted at No. 10 within the Western Convention. In earlier years, that would go away the crew on the fringes of playoff rivalry and chasing the No. 8 San Antonio Spurs (24-22) for the ultimate spot within the postseason.
Nonetheless, after the NBA modified the postseason format to permit extra groups to stay within the playoff chase after a profitable take a look at run within the Orlando bubble, the Warriors are within the combine to take part within the play-in format.
Inexperienced apparently isn’t too pumped up about such a notion.
“No, it nonetheless received’t encourage me,” Inexperienced mentioned. “I step on the courtroom and I’m going to provide 110 p.c whether or not it’s the play-in recreation or not. However, no play-in recreation goes to encourage me at this level in my profession. That’s simply sort of what it’s. Playoff basketball is certainly motivating, however a play-in recreation don’t encourage me. And that received’t change in the present day, tomorrow, in a month or two months or two years from now.
“I wish to win. That’s sufficient motivation for me, however I’m not going to spend on daily basis like, ‘Man, we’re proper on the cusp of that play-in’ — I don’t give a rattling about that play-in recreation. If that’s the place we’re and we’re within the recreation, yeah, I’m going to do all I can to win the sport. However, the play-in state of affairs isn’t going to get me out of my mattress like I obtained to bust my a– in the present day as a result of we’re preventing for the play-in spot. That ain’t going to push me.”
Beneath the brand new playoff format, the No. 7 seed performs the No. 10 seed and the eighth-seeded crew performs the ninth-seeded crew in every convention in what’s termed because the pre-playoff bracket. The upper-seeded groups, No. 9 and No. 10, solely have to win one recreation to punch their postseason tickets. The lower-seeded groups, in the meantime, No. 7 and No. 8, should win two video games in a row.
If the season ended Friday, the Warriors would play the Spurs and solely have to win one recreation to qualify for the playoffs.
Nonetheless, Inexperienced stays underwhelmed by the state of affairs created by the brand new play-in format.
“However I’ll be one hundred pc trustworthy with you, preventing for a play-in spot doesn’t encourage me,” Inexperienced added. “We’re in what, [10th]? Preventing for a [play-in] spot doesn’t encourage me in any respect.”