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The Warriors and Cavs don't like each other. This much we know.
Klay Thompson was recently asked by Sam Amick of USA Today Sports about Cleveland's trolling at LeBron James' Halloween party.
“It's obviously not respectful, so it's got to be on the other side of the spectrum, so that's fine with us," Klay said. "They can do that childish stuff. It doesn't matter to us. All we've got to do is handle it on the court, you know?"
Did the Warriors discuss it before they played the Cavs on Christmas Day?
“No ... but shoot, it might have (to)," Klay said. "I mean, I still think we need to play with more of an edge next time we see them … I mean when we won the championship, though, we didn't do some stuff like that. But that's OK. People are built differently. We're not going to - I'm not going to hold it against them."
The Warriors lost that Christmas Day game to the Cavs, 109-108.
Golden State led by 14 with less than 10 minutes remaining.
“There's a history between both teams, (and) we wanted to send a message that it's going to be a tough out every time they see us. And obviously we know (they could meet again) down the line in June, so …
“That's why we wanted to win so bad, you know, is because we still have a bad taste in our mouth - as we should, we're competitive. But it didn't help. We were right there. We had the game in hand. We just didn't play Warriors style brand of ball, so give them credit though - they beat us. And it's one regular season game, so you can't get too caught up in what we did wrong and the whole rivalry and all that.”
The Cavs have lost two straight -- at Utah on Tuesday and at Portland on Wednesday.
They play at Sacramento on Friday night, and then it's the showdown at Golden State on Monday evening.
"I'm just going to go out there, and we just want to beat them down next time we see them," Klay added. "That's how it is. Hold that in the memory bank, and just remember that they do that stuff…It's a good rivalry, and it's good for the NBA. It makes it more fun, you know? It's rare in pro sports you get rivalries like this, so we enjoy it, and we embrace it.”