For the fourth and final time during the 2022-23 NBA regular season, Dillon Brooks and the Memphis Grizzlies got a chance to tussle with the Warriors, the team with the hardware that they one day hope to possess themselves.
On Saturday night, Brooks and the Grizzlies got the last laugh, beating the Warriors 133-119 at FedExForum.
As is customary when the two Western Conference powers get together, there was considerable trash talk. There were no scuffles, no heated exchanges, only good, old-fashioned trash talk.
Brooks prides himself on getting under his opponents' skin, and toward the end of the game, he could be seen trading "friendly trash talk" with Warriors star Klay Thompson, who continuously reminded the Grizzlies guard that he has four NBA championship rings.
"They’ve got 4 rings," Brooks told reporters (h/t Evan Barnes of The Commercial Appeal.) "That's motivation to us. We want a ring as well."
When addressing his trash talk with Thompson, Brooks implied that he's in the heads of Warriors players.
"It's just friendly trash talk but you know, I just hold a lot of real estate over there in San Francisco," Brooks said.
During his postgame interview with Bally Sports, Brooks made it clear that games against the Warriors are easy to get up for, even after the Grizzlies played a double overtime game Friday night.
"Oh yeah," Brooks said. "They got Draymond [Green] talking. They got Klay talking. So it's easy to get ready for this game. I was ready. I only got four hours of sleep and I was already ready to go."
While Steph Curry, Thompson and Green have made it known that the Warriors and Grizzlies aren't rivals, the matchups over the last few seasons have been full of tension and included several dust-ups.
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The Warriors got the best of the Grizzlies in the second round of the NBA playoffs last season, though Memphis didn't have star Ja Morant for the last few games. This season, the teams have split the four games, with the home team winning each time.
If they happen to meet again in the playoffs this season, the trash talk surely will be at an all-time high, especially with each passing game.