NBA Analyst Picks One Team That Could Beat Warriors

If any team dethrones the Warriors, it won't happen until the NBA Finals, Jared Greenberg says

Reiter Than You
May 02, 2019 - 8:20 pm
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If any team dethrones the Warriors in a seven-game series, that team will likely come from the Eastern Conference.

NBA TV analyst Jared Greenberg thought that during the regular season; he thinks that now. 

But which team has the best chance?

“I would eliminate the Sixers and Bucks,” Greenberg said on Reiter Than You. “I don’t think they’re ready for this. The Sixers are still going through an identity crisis. When the Sixers win games, they do it in a manner where it’s different, and it’s not because they drew it up on the chalk board and say, ‘This is our identity. This is how we’re going to play.’ Joel Embiid yesterday was talking about being patient and taking what the defense gives him. The Sixers are going to win nothing if Joel Embiid takes what the defense gives him. He needs to be a dominant force. So I don’t think the Sixers or the Bucks are necessarily ready.”

If the Sixers and Bucks don’t stand a chance, that leaves Boston and Toronto.

“I’d say the depth of the Celtics would help them – which is weird because we always talked about the Raptors as a team with incredible depth,” Greenberg said. “They’re getting nothing from their bench. Fred VanVleet has given them good minutes and (Serge) Ibaka gives them good minutes, but they’re just not getting that scoring punch that they got from those guys last year. So I would tend to lean to the Celtics. And let’s face it: Kyrie Irving, he’s beaten this version – or at least a form of this version without Kevin Durant – of the Warriors. So he’s been there and done that.

“I don’t like either of these teams’ chances against the Warriors,” Greenberg continued, “but if I had to pick one, I’d probably go Boston.”

While Greenberg gave props to Kyrie, he’s no Kawhi – as in, Kawhi Leonard, who has an NBA title and an NBA Finals MVP on his resume.

“I say confidently he’s one of the three best players in the NBA,” Greenberg said. “I don’t think there’s any question. He is the best, most dominating defensive player in the game, and the way he has developed his game offensively – his ability to shoot a three, his ability to operate out of an ISO, his ability to drive on you, his ability to rise above the rim in transition – there’s very little this guy can’t do. And he does it so efficiently. I don’t see how he’s not. He’s the most well-rounded dominant player in the league. There’s no player that does what he does at such a high level on both sides of the basketball.”

Click below to listen to Greenberg’s interview in its entirety.