We all have to laugh at ourselves sometimes, right?
After the Warriors' solid 108-94 win over the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on Wednesday, Draymond Green naturally was lighthearted. So much so, he couldn't resist poking a little fun at himself and a Houston-based reporter during his postgame video conference.
The Athletic's Alykhan Bijani asked Green after the game for his thoughts on the matchup against star center Christian Wood, who missed his previous 17 games with an ankle sprain.
The only problem? Wood had crossed up Green for a bucket earlier in the game, and Green had not forgotten.
"I feel like you wouldn't ask me about Christian if he didn't drop me," Green said, pausing slightly.
Bijani tried to clarify, but Green broke out into a smile.
"I'm just playing, man," he laughed. "It's all good. I'm just joking."
Green's self-burn indeed was funny, but it was the Warriors who got the last laugh with the victory. The three-time NBA All-Star played a huge role in the win, recording a triple-double with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes.
Wood finished with 21 points and nine rebounds over 26 minutes, as the Rockets lost their 18th straight game.
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However, the Warriors won't be joking much over the next few days. The team takes on a tough back-to-back road series against the Memphis Grizzlies starting Friday. They will be without centers James Wiseman and Eric Paschall, who will miss at least a week due to COVID-19 contract tracing and league protocols.
The team might also be without Steph Curry, who took a nasty fall during the third quarter and left the game with a tailbone contusion. Coach Steve Kerr said after the game he had "no idea" if Curry would be available for the next series.
All jokes aside, it's safe to say the Warriors have their work cut out for them this weekend.