It has become one of the most intriguing matchups in the league strictly from a basketball standpoint, but it becomes all that much more interesting to watch when bad blood boils over between the Clippers and Warriors as it did on Christmas.
After the 105-103 Warriors win on Wednesday, Blake Griffin had some things to say after being ejected from the game following a dustup between him and Golden State big man Andrew Bogut where Griffin was bounced and Bogut received just a flagrant-1. The game had been physical all night and continued to be so after Griffin was kicked out.
This from Arash Markazi at ESPN Los Angeles:
Blake Griffin: "If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 26, 2013
Blake Griffin: "It all boils down to they fell for it. To me, that’s cowardly. That’s cowardly basketball."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 26, 2013
Blake Griffin: "You want to play a team head-to-head. You don’t want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 26, 2013
And Griffin wasn't the only one who questioned the Warriors' tactics. Doc Rivers was none too happy, either, as he told reporters after the game.
Doc Rivers: "Honestly, I thought we were just kicking their butts and they went to something else, to be honest but that’s fine."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) December 26, 2013
It didn't appear that the Warriors were doing anything dirty or malicious out there, and this has become a heated matchup, whether you want to call it a rivalry or not. It certainly makes for some pretty good late-night television.