The Golden State Warriors clinched the Western Conference Monday night, routing the Portland Trailblazers 119-117 in a four-game sweep.
There were tons of storylines to take away. Do the Warriors play better with or without Kevin Durant? What about the heightened level of Draymond’s play or how much of an all-time great Steph and this team is? Still, the storyline that seemed to stick was the impromptu good luck charm the Warriors found before game four: a reporter.
The Warriors found the reporter handy when looking for a prop to stand in for the injured Kevin, whom they usually rally around heading to the court. Because Durant wasn’t with the team, grabbed the nearest guy standing next to the team and put him in the middle of the circle.
After the game, Green noticed the reporter and this funny exchange happened:
“I gotta buy his flight to the Finals … I ain’t paying for your hotel though,” Draymond told the reporter who joined the team in the pre-game huddle.
Apparently, he was good luck for the Warriors tonight and hopes for the good omen to continue.
"I gotta buy his flight to the Finals … I ain't paying for your hotel though."
Draymond tells the reporter who joined the team in the pre-game huddle he was good luck for the Warriors tonight. pic.twitter.com/TId2taJ9Xz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 21, 2019
Still, the Warriors don’t need him. They’ve improved to an impressive 31-1 winning record for games which the star forward has missed but Stephen Curry has played.
That’s also without all-star center DeMarcus Cousins, who is also expected to make a return sometimes during the finals.
The Warriors are going to be fine, good luck charm or not, especially now that Draymond has a new approach to the game. Following his game three triple-double, he admitted his son mimicked his dad’s negative body language made him change his ways.
“Yeah, he plays on his little hoop and then he’ll stomp around. It’s like, I like the intensity but slow down, young fella,” Green told reporters on Sunday.
He continued, “I realize how impressionable the kids are at the ages they’re at. I just really want to be a good example for them and show them the right thing. My son was playing, he was shooting and flopping. I was like, ‘You’ve got to stop watching the NBA.’ He’d fall on the floor: ‘Oh, Daddy, help me up.’ What are you flopping for?”
“Just really impressionable at this age. I want to make sure I’m setting a good example for them as well.”
Draymond has been on a tear and arguably the team’s best player. If he’s looking for a good luck charm, it’s possibly a lot closer than he thinks.