The Clippers and the Warriors don’t like each other, and while things have been relatively tame on the court this season, there’s been a constant stream of comments that’s flowed from both sides.
It all began after an incident where L.A.’s Dahntay Jones bumped Draymond Green during a postgame interview. Jones was fined by the league, Doc Rivers mocked Green’s lack of toughness, Green responded by saying “Cool story, Glenn,” and then briefly sold t-shirts that displayed his newly-found catch phrase.
Most of the rhetoric has been centered around Green, and the latest round of sparring between Rivers and Steve Kerr once again used him as the starting point.
The latest bit of verbal jousting came before the Clippers fell to the Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Rivers, the second-year coach of the Clippers, said he could understand why Draymond Green, who has inflammation in his shins, wasn’t playing in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.
“That was pretty predictable; they didn’t want to take the risk of going 2-2 [in the season series] with their regular guys,” Rivers said. “You could pretty much predict they weren’t going to play everybody.”
“Oh, is that right?” Kerr, in his first year as Warriors coach, said with a chuckle when Rivers’ quote was relayed to him. “Either that or we have a nine-game lead and a couple guys banged up. Somewhere in there.”
The great thing about this ongoing war of words is that it remains, for the most part, good-natured. There’s nothing mean-spirited being said, and the constant back-and-forth only serves to increase the entertainment value surrounding the games between these two teams.
There’s still plenty to be sorted out where the Western Conference playoff picture is concerned. But if the Clippers remain in the 4-5 matchup, and if they can advance, we’ll get to see them face the Warriors in the second round for what would surely be a glorious seven-game series.