Just when it looked like the Golden State Warriors were going to ignore Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers’ comments about their championship run being lucky, Klay Thompson decided to respond and lash back at the Clippers.
"That sounds pretty bitter to me," Thompson told ESPN.com. "If we got lucky, look at our record against them last year. I’m pretty sure we smacked them."
The Warriors won the season series with the Clippers decisively, 3-1.
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The Clippers had a chance to meet the Warriors in the Western Conference finals, but blew a 3-1 series lead against the Houston Rockets, who then lost to the Warriors in five games.
Golden State receives its actual championship rings on Oct. 27 in the season-opener against the New Orleans Pelicans — so it’d be logical to give away replica championship rings on that night, too — but it appears as if the team wants to rub it in the face of their southern California rival.
The bad blood between the Clippers and Warriors is only going to continue, spilling over into this season now. While the rivalry tamed down a bit in the second half of last season, and with the teams failing to meet again in the playoffs, this could be the spark that the matchup needed.
"I wanted to play the Clippers last year, but they couldn’t handle their business,” Thompson said.