Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green insists he is giving 100 percent in each game, whether it be a regular season or a playoff game. "To be honest with you I don't go into these games thinking like, 'Man, we need to win these games to get to the playoffs,'" Green said after Thursday's 116-109 loss to the Miami Heat, per ESPN.
"I hate f------ losing so when I step on the floor I want to win. But I'll be 100 percent honest with you, fighting for a play-in spot does not motivate me. We're in what, [9th]? Fighting for a play-[in] spot doesn't motivate me at all."
The Warriors currently sit at No. 9 on the Western Conference standings and if the playoffs started today they would be in a play-in tournament. "I want to win every game I play because I hate losing," he said. "That s--- really bothers me.
So that's what motivates me, not fighting for some play-in spot."
Green's motivation always the same
Even if the play-in tournament was the Warriors' only option, it still would not extra motivate Green.
"No, it still won't motivate me," Green said. "I step on the court and I'm going to give 110 percent whether it's the play-in game or not. But, no play-in game is going to motivate me at this point in my career.
That's just kind of what it is. Playoff basketball is definitely motivating, but a play-in game don't motivate me. And that won't change today, tomorrow, in a month or two months or two years from now. "I want to win.
That's enough motivation for me, but I'm not going to spend every day like, 'Man, we're right on the cusp of that play-in' -- I don't give a damn about that play-in game. If that's where we are and we're in the game, yeah, I'm going to do all I can to win the game.
But, the play-in situation isn't going to get me out of my bed like I got to bust my ass today because we're fighting for the play-in spot. That ain't going to push me." Meanwhile, Stephen Curry has now played two games since returning from a tailbone contusion but he is playing through pain.
"I gotta see how I feel when I wake up," Curry said. "This is an injury where -- Monday to Tuesday it was a tough day after game feeling. I'm hopefully progressing where I wake up and feel good and know what I'm dealing with and be able to play, but we'll monitor that."