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Draymond Green doesn't care if Warriors face Bucks, Raptors in NBA Finals

Draymond Green doesn't care if Warriors face Bucks, Raptors in NBA Finals

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Thursday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Who will the Golden State Warriors face in the NBA Finals?

The Milwaukee Bucks won the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, but the Toronto Raptors evened things up by taking both contests north of the border.

Ultimately, the Dubs' opponent is completely out of their control so there's no need to waste energy hoping for a specific matchup.

"I don’t really care who we play," Draymond Green told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group after the Warriors' Game 4 win in Portland on Monday night. "Whichever team we play, it’s going to be a good battle.”

During the regular season, Draymond -- who was named to the All-Defensive Second Team on Wednesday -- did not play in the Warriors' 134-111 loss to the Bucks at Oracle Arena on Nov. 8.

He also missed Golden State's 105-95 victory in Milwaukee on Dec. 7.

That means the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year hasn't squared off against Giannis Antetokounmpo since March 29, 2018.

“If that’s who I play, obviously you take that challenge on and you appreciate the challenge playing against a player who is as good as Giannis," Draymond told BANG.

Draymond was not in uniform when the Dubs lost in Toronto on Nov. 29 (when Kevin Durant scored 51 points), and it was just his second game back after missing the prior 11 when Golden State got crushed at Oracle by the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors on Dec. 12.

What happened during the regular season truly doesn't matter and the Warriors will have plenty of time to prepare for either opponent.

For now, Draymond is just enjoying the extended time off. But you better believe he's looking forward to showcasing his talents on basketball's biggest stage.

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“Draymond is a competitive guy. He loves those type of matchups. He’s the best defender in the league,” Kevon Looney told BANG. “I feel way more comfortable with my defense when I got Draymond behind me.

"He takes our defense to another level."

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NBA free agency 2019: Ten shooters who can help Warriors next season

NBA free agency 2019: Ten shooters who can help Warriors next season

Immediately after the Warriors dispatched the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Stephen Curry called Toronto's strategy 'janky" after the Raptors used a box-and-one to corral the star.

Now, weeks later - with free agents Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant out for the majority of next season if not gone forever- the Warriors will need to fill out roster space with shooters to combat the 'janky' strategy. However, with Golden State deep in the luxury tax, the team only will be able to sign players via the midlevel exception and minimum contracts.

Click here for 10 shooters who could help the Warriors next season

Warriors announce 2019 NBA Summer League roster, broadcast schedule

Warriors announce 2019 NBA Summer League roster, broadcast schedule

The Warriors announced their roster and broadcast schedule for NBA Summer League in Sacramento and Las Vegas.

They will play in the California Classic in Sacramento:

-July 1 vs the Kings at 8 p.m.
-July 2 vs the Lakers at 6 p.m.
-July 3 vs the Heat at 12 p.m.

And then in Las Vegas:

-July 5 vs the Hornets at 6 p.m.
-July 6 vs the Raptors at 9 p.m.
-July 8 vs the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. (on NBC Sports Bay Area)
-July 10 vs the Nuggets at 8:30 p.m.

The roster includes 2018 first-round pick Jacob Evans and 2019 draft picks Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Eric Paschall.

Additionally, big man Damian Jones -- the No. 30 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft -- will suit up in Sacramento only.

Jones sustained a torn pectoral muscle on Dec. 1 and didn't return until the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jimmer Fredette -- the No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft (Klay Thompson went No. 11) -- will take the floor for the Dubs.

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The 30-year-old played in China the past three seasons before finishing the 2018-19 campaign with the Phoenix Suns.

The full roster:

NO

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

BORN

PRIOR TO NBA/FROM

NBA EXP.

00

Ky Bowman

G

6-1

188

6/16/97

Boston College/USA

R

40

Malik Dunbar

F

6-6

230

1/27/96

Auburn/USA

R

10

Jacob Evans III

G

6-6

210

6/18/97

Cincinnati/USA

R

33

Jimmer Fredette

G

6-2

195

2/25/89

Brigham Young University/USA

6

15

Ebuka Izundu

C

6-10

232

6/28/96

Miami/Nigeria

R

25

Damian Jones*

C

7-0

245

6/30/95

Vanderbilt/USA

2

18

Dedric Lawson

C-F

6-9

235

10/1/97

Kansas/USA

R

19

Kevin McClain

G

6-3

190

10/21/96

Belmont/USA

R

7

Eric Paschall

F

6-9

255

11/4/96

Villanova/USA

R

3

Jordan Poole

G

6-5

195

6/19/99

Michigan/USA

R

31

Davon Reed

F-G

6-5

208

6/11/95

Miami/USA

2

22

Malachi Richardson

F-G

6-6

205

1/5/96

Syracuse/USA

3

44

Brandon Sampson

G

6-5

184

5/1/97

LSU/USA

1

6

Alen Smailagic

C-F

6-10

215

8/18/00

Santa Cruz Warriors (G League)/Serbia

R

8

Juan Toscano-Anderson

F

6-6

209

3/10/93

Marquette/USA

R

20

Travis Wear

F

6-10

230

9/21/90

UCLA/USA

2


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