The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in six games in the 2019 NBA Finals.
Draymond Green believes the result would have been entirely different if Kevin Durant didn't rupture his right Achilles tendon early in the second quarter of Game 5.
"Kevin don't get hurt -- you see that game when he came back -- they wouldn't have stood a chance if Kevin didn't get hurt," Green told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on Showtime's "All the Smoke" podcast. "But s--t happens and that's a part of the game. Injuries happen.
"And Kawhi was f--king amazing. Pascal Siakam -- they were f--king amazing."
Kevin Durant was so amped to be playing in Game 5 that he committed a “false start” on the opening tip and they had to jump it up again pic.twitter.com/7iIT9Od4rX— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 11, 2019
Steph Curry passes to Kevin Durant for 3 points = good strategy pic.twitter.com/mipyLSAlEV— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 11, 2019
Unbelievable block by Durant. No clue how he made up the ground to pin Siakam’s layup pic.twitter.com/uSe70iaI0q— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 11, 2019
So Draymond believes Golden State eventually would have won the series in seven.
Therefore, it's probably very safe to assume he believes the Finals don't go that far if the Warriors had been fully healthy from the beginning.
Remember -- KD missed the first four games, DeMarcus Cousins basically was playing on one leg, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney didn't suit up for Game 3 and Klay tore his left ACL late in the third quarter of Game 6 after scoring 30 points.
As Draymond said, Kawhi and Siakam were incredible -- as were several of their teammates (Kyle Lowry had 26 points and 10 assists in Game 6).
But yeah -- the Warriors definitely complete the threepeat if healthy.
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