There has been no love lost between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
Back on Christmas night, Blake Griffin was ejected from the Clippers’ 105-103 loss to the Warriors. He was given a technical when he was tangled up with Andrew Bogut after already being given a technical for talking to Draymond Green after Green elbowed Griffin.
Griffin and his teammates believed the Warriors were purposely trying to take him out of the game.
“Instead of just playing straight up and playing a game, it got into something more than that, and it’s unfortunate because you want to play a team head-to-head,” Griffin told Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles. “You don’t want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball.”
On Wednesday night, the teams got together again. The Clippers came away with a 111-98 victory, but that didn’t stop tempers from flaring once again.
According to an incident described by Dan Woike of The Orange County Register, Warriors’ veteran big man Jermaine O’Neal approached Griffin outside of the locker room after the game.
The players had a heated discussion that didn’t become physical and ended with a handshake… The incident happened as Griffin walked from the Clippers’ locker room into the team’s interview room after the game. O’Neal initiated things, and team officials attempted to separate the two.
Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times heard the exchange between the two.
Griffin to O’Neal: “Why you want to walk up on me? Leave that (stuff) on the court.” O’Neal to Blake: “I’m a monster off the court.”
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) March 13, 2014
Griffin, who declined to talk about the event, telling reporters “that’s between me and him,” had 30 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the victory, the Clippers’ ninth straight win.