It is now obvious that the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angelas Clippers do not like each other. The players despise one another, the coaches aren't fond of each other and you can be sure the fans don't like the opposing team.
All of a sudden the Warriors and Clippers have had their fair share of fights, four in the last two games to be exact. The rivalry dates to a while back. Seeing as the teams match up four times every season, you could understand why they aren't exactly fond of each other.
The NBA is full of rivalries but the two sides have taken it further. The Pacific division rivals have had altercations that result in physical actions leading to technical and flagrant fouls. It can all be tracked back to a few months ago, when the Warriors invited the Clippers to have chapel. The Clippers broke the tradition and refused, and all sorts of assumptions began to rise.
Lets go back a little further to find out more about this rivalry.
The Warriors were able to take three of four games against the Clippers last season but none as significant as the first game. After losing Brandon Rush to a knee injury the game prior, the Warriors were set to take on a star studded Los Angeles Clippers team. The Warriors showed tremendous spirit and came out with a great win.
The Clippers didn't mind the loss, but they took exception to the Warriors bench mocking Blake Griffin's three point miss. Weeks later, a few Clippers expressed a dislike of Curry’s galloping down court after a big three-pointer late in another win. The mockery of Griffin's three point attempt may have very well been the reason the Clippers refused to have chapel with the Warriors.
Despite the reason, the rivalry wasn't hidden when the teams took to the court in their first meeting. After an Andrew Bogut foul on DeAndre Jordan, Jordan regained his composure and shoved Bogut. As a big man, you wouldn't expect Bogut to stand back and he didn't. Bogut pushed Jordan back but the were stopped before anything got too serious and they were both given technical fouls.
The rivalry isn't just between the men in the uniform, in fact the men in the suits are a big part of it too. Mark Jackson and Blake Griffin were seen face to face arguing after Griffin stepped on Jackson's shoe. That was the last 'battle' in that game as the Clippers were able to take the win by double digits.
Christmas day was the second match up of the season between the two and oh, was it interesting. Completely disregarding the Christmas spirit, the Clippers once again rejected the Warriors invitation to have chapel.
On court, the game was played at play-off level. Hard nosed, tough play. The game never looked as though it was going to be a blow out and just before the 4th quarter, it got a little physical. Draymond Green elbowed Blake Griffin to the throat and was given a flagrant Two which got him immediately ejected. Griffin was given a technical foul which would later on prove costly.
Early on in the last term, Griffin and Bogut got into a little scuffle and we ended up seeing Blake Griffin ejected which was deemed as a bad call by the officials after the game. Bogut was given a flagrant One.
The game continued and proved to be brilliant - it went down to the buzzer, and then a little longer. Bogut got the rebound off the missed shot by Jamal Crawford at the end of the game and was walking it to the referee. A frustrated Chris Paul knocked the ball out of Bogut's hand and after that it was all a blur. You can watch the video above.
The rivalry is an entertaining one and hopefully we can enjoy it for years to come.
January 31st, mark it on your calendar. It's the next time these teams meet. It should be another tough showdown.
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