Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green acknowledged that his team is "a ways away" from contending again for the NBA title. On Friday night, the Warriors suffered a 117-112 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizllies and they won't be participating in this year's NBA playoffs.
With the win over the Warriors, the Grizzlies clinched No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. "We're not in the playoffs, so we're a ways away," Green said, per ESPN. "I may go to Mexico or something [Saturday], but that's not a gym.
That's not to an arena. That's not flying to Utah, so we got a ways to go because we're not in the playoffs -- so we're far away. Because in order to win a championship you got to be in the playoffs. So we're clearly a ways away -- a few tweaks here and there, and we're not that far.
But right now we're a ways away because we're not in the playoffs."
A disappointing way to go out for the Warriors
In a battle for No. 8 seed, the Warriors suffered a 103-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. "Obviously a crushing way to go out," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
"Two straight games that were basically gut punches. We felt like we had control of the game the other night and lost and then really didn't have the control of this one but could have won. We had the last shot in regulation.
The ball just didn't go our way, but we've had a lot of great breaks over here over the years and a lot of bad ones the last couple years, with injuries especially. All in all you have to look at this season as a success and something to build on."
Still, coach Kerr was proud of his team and the efforts they put up this season. "This is very unfamiliar territory obviously with the play-in, this being the end of the season," Kerr said. "A very tough way to end it with these last two games coming down to the wire and us giving it everything we had in the tank.
I'm proud of every single person in the Oakland uniform tonight, all season. From 15 wins last year, injuries and all that, to what we made out of this year -- it's pretty damn impressive. "It's a very tough way to go out and we would love to be playing on Sunday, but you can't lose sight of the big picture in terms of where people had us at the beginning of the season."