May 25, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket against Miami Heat guard Duncan Robinson (55) during the second half of game five of the 2022 eastern conference finals at FTX Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors were able to defeat the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday to advance to the 2022 NBA Finals.

They will now either take on the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics in the next round.

Both present some challenges for the Warriors on the offensive end of the court, with both teams having a top-five defense in points per game allowed throughout the regular season.

Warriors forward Draymond Green spoke about the possibility of facing either team in a seven-game series after their victory, and gave his honest thoughts on who he believed would emerge out of the Eastern Conference.

“I think both teams are tough. Boston causes problems, especially offensively. Their defense is incredible,” said Green when asked by the NBA on TNT crew who he would like to play. “You are asking me who I want to play. I’m gonna tell you who I think we’re going to play. We’re going to play Boston. That’s who we’re gonna play.”

It isn’t exactly the boldest prediction to say that they will be playing the Celtics considering they are only one game away from advancing.

The Heat would need to win two straight games in order to surprise Green and meet the Warriors in the NBA Finals. And with Friday’s game in Boston, it will certainly be a tough ask for Jimmy Butler and company to go into Boston and beat them in an elimination game. Though the Heat have already taken a game in Boston in this series, so anything is possible.

That being said, a matchup between the Celtics and the Warriors certainly does sound like it would be very entertaining considering the star power that exists on both teams.

[Bleacher Report]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.