The Golden State Warriors swept the Sacramento Kings this year, but that doesn’t tell the story. The two Northern California teams played four times, with the none of the games being decided by more than five points.
So yeah, the Warriors won the season series 4-0. But in 192 minutes of play, Golden State outscored the Kings by a mere 12 points. And the talent of the kings - led by the vast improvement of Buddy Hield, and the talented youthful trio of Marvin Bagley III, De’Aaron Fox, and Bogdan Bogdanovic - is not lost on Draymond Green.
After Thursday’s two-point win, Green had nothing but compliments for Golden State’s neighbor team. He stopped short of calling it a rivalry - understandably - but is very confident in where the Kings are going.
Draymond Green said it’s too early to say Warriors-Kings are a rivalry since Kings haven’t won’t yet. But Draymond has a lot of respect for them pic.twitter.com/NIGWwxEchJ— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 22, 2019
“Man, they talented,” Green said post-game. “I think rivalry - no disrespect to them but the other team gotta win some games before it can really be a rivalry - but I have no doubt in my mind that that team is going to win a lot of games coming up here soon. Maybe not this year, who knows, but they’re putting it together, and they’re doing a damn good job.”
And while Green is optimistic about the future of Sacramento, he’s hoping for a different opponent come playoff time.
“Every game we play them dudes I leave the game exhausted,” Green said when asked if he’d like to see a postseason matchup. “I go home, I’m dead, so - hopefully not.”
The young Kings are an exhausting team to play, as they’re second in the league in pace, per NBA.com.
If the regular season is any indication, a playoff battle between the Warriors and Kings would be a lot of fun, but it’s hard to argue with Green’s point.
Sacramento is currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking is, as they’re one and a half games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed, and a likely first-round date with the Warriors.