The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers may have made nice with one another on the court after the Clippers’ 126-121 victory in Game 7 of their first-round NBA playoff series, but, in the hallway after the game, the historic animus between the teams returned.
Police and security personnel were summoned to restore order to “a crazy scene,” a source told Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears.
Warriors players, including Stephen Curry and Steve Blake, left the locker room when they thought they heard a Clippers assistant yell, “it’s a little quiet in there” several times, Yahoo reports. They confronted Clippers ballboys, with Warriors coaches and players following. A tweet by Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, stated that Marreese Speights had “barged into” the Clippers locker room but was later deleted. The dustup came in two waves, USA Today’s Sam Amick reports, with most of the Warriors players in the hallway at one point along with several Clippers. From Amick:
While all the details of the situation were not immediately clear, it’s believed that Warriors big man Marreese Speights was among the aggressors for the Warriors while point guard Chris Paul was allegedly the irritant for the Clippers — though maybe even in silence. As was described by the witnesses, Paul came along as the incident appeared to be dying down and his mere presence picked things up again.
For all the talk of Blake Griffin and how he gets under his opponents’ proverbial skin, Paul is the one who has been driving the Warriors mad for quite some time now. He wasn’t alone, though, as Matt Barnes and Glen Davis were also among the other Clippers players seen at the scene. The Warriors’ Jermaine O’Neal, Stephen Curry and Steve Blake were also involved, with Golden State coaches — including head coach Mark Jackson — eventually coming out when the situation escalated.
No punches were thrown and order was quickly restored. The teams have feuded in the past, including during their Christmas game and a shouting match between Griffin and O’Neal after another game. Emotions were heightened over the last week after racist comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling came to light and he was banned from the league.
The Clippers now move on to the next round against Oklahoma City, which probably just picked up a bunch of new fans in the Warriors.