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Why Draymond is 'very confident' in Warriors' playoff chances

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The Warriors enter the second half of the NBA season in ninth place in the Western Conference.

That means that if the season ended today, they would need to win their first play-in game vs. the No. 10 seed, and then beat the loser of the matchup between the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds in order to punch their ticket to the opening round of the playoffs (where they would face the No. 1 seed).

How confident is Draymond Green that Golden State ultimately will partake in a best-of-seven playoff series this year?

"Very confident. I know what the ceiling of this team is," the three-time NBA champion said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "First Take" show. "Very young team but we continue to grow.

"I think this team has shown at times that we're much better than 19-18. There have been several games we let get away from us."

If the Warriors would have taken care of business vs. the Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers, they'd be in a much better spot at 22-15. But woulda, coulda, shoulda right?

They are what they are.

Draymond then pivoted his attention to the player the Warriors selected No. 2 overall in the 2020 draft.

"In the second half, rookies are no longer allowed to be rookies," he said. "We have a stud in James Wiseman, where you can get those rookie mistakes in the first half. And everybody's like, 'Ah OK.' Not so much in the second half. It's time to turn it up and make that playoff push and continue to get better.

 

"This team is nowhere near the ceiling of what this team could end up being."

Draymond didn't specify what that ceiling is, but it's fair to say that the Warriors have the ability to snag the No. 6 seed.

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It won't be easy though because the West is loaded.

But speaking of easy -- the schedule softens up in a big way after the three-game gauntlet of at the LA Clippers on Thursday, and home games vs. the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday and Monday.

The Warriors just hope they aren't 19-21 when they play at the Houston Rockets next Wednesday.

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