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Draymond Green claps back at Rockets’ pre game chatter

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Spoiler: Green is right, though.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Houston Rockets Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets are a well meaning bunch, but they have a nasty habit of chirping and talking trash without backing it up.

Case in point: Leading up to last night’s season finale against the Warriors, The Rockets took a bland and generic quote from Stephen Curry, made something of it, and cackled from Sunday until tip off.

Initially, this comment was bland — again, the Warriors just lost a game that they had no business losing and they knew that the talking heads would wonder “What’s wrong with the Warriors” and concocting all kinds of narratives off of this embarrassing loss. Furthermore, the general context of what Curry was trying to say was in the league, there is an opportunity to shake off the loss and there’s an opportunity to redeem themselves against a tough Rockets team. That was the context but the Rockets, from the top down, always have the Warriors in their mouths. In their hearts, annd in their heads. So they wanted to make something of it.

Once coach D’Antoni pops (off) he can’t stop.

Wait here’s more from Austin Rivers and Clint Capaella via 95.7’s own, Bonta Hill

When asked about the Rockets’ chirping after the game, Draymond Green hilariously dismissed the notion that it motivated the Warriors.

Green has a point here. Other than the Rockets being their loquacious selves, slights from them did not have anything to do with the Warriors’ motivation. Nor should it have. The state of the team was more than enough of motivation. Again, an embarrassing loss at home against the worst team in the conference after soundly beating a formidable Denver Nuggets squad at home should produce more than adequate motivation. The fact that the Warriors haven't been playing championship level basketball lately and the playoff looming within four weeks should be enough to motivate the squad. While slights from outside sources drove the Warriors in the past, it’s not driving them now. They’ve outgrown it.

What’s driving them or should be driving them now is locking in and preparing for another run and attempting to be the first team since the 2001-2002 Lakers to three peat, and nothing more.