There always seems to be a little bit of extra animosity floating around whenever the Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers get together, and that remained the case Sunday night.
With 9:31 remaining in the second quarter at Oracle Arena, Warriors guard Stephen Curry was promptly fouled after outmuscling three Clippers players for an offensive rebound. Curry, in celebration of his effort, raised his arms and momentarily flexed in front of Patrick Beverley, something to which the LA guard didn't take too kindly.
Beverley swiped at the ball as Curry dribbled away from the crowd and gave the two-time NBA MVP a nudge in the back. Curry, in turn, took exception.
That was the extent of the confrontation, which resulted in matching technicals for the competing guards. It was a trade-off the Clippers would take any chance they can get, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr was none too happy about it.
This, of course, was not the first time Curry and Beverley were involved in a scuffle. Midway through the first quarter of Game 1 of the 2016 first-round playoff series between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Beverley tripped Curry, igniting a shoving match between the players that also resulted in matching technicals.
Beverley is known as one of the most effective irritants in the league, and it didn't take long for him to live up to the billing Sunday.
It seems like we’ve been here before.
The Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers will match up for the third time this preseason Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
The two clubs played just two days ago at Staples Center, with the Lakers coming out on top with a 104-98 win.
Steph Curry will not play in the penultimate preseason game for Golden State, and forward Omari Spellman also will sit after a tweaked back suffered in Monday night’s loss.
Anthony Davis, who missed Monday’s game, is expected to suit up for Los Angeles.
[RELATED: How Steph plans to stay healthy through heavy workload]
Here’s how you can watch Warriors-Lakers online and on TV:
When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
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Steve Kerr spoke to reporters after shootaround Wednesday morning. And as he saw guard Klay Thompson walking nearby, the Warriors coach busted out the jokes.
"Klay, we don't really need at all," Kerr said.
After Thompson responded with "redshirt season," Kerr seized the opportunity to roast the two-time All-NBA selection.
"We're redshirting him, trying to get him bigger and stronger. Get him used to campus life. Academically, he's got a ways to go ..."
Klay is rehabbing his torn left ACL, and will be sidelined until at least the All-Star break.
It's possible that the five-time All-Star misses the whole season, hence the "redshirt" reference.
[RELATED: Dubs' Spellman out for tonight's preseason game at Lakers]
But the Warriors sure hope that doesn't become the reality and Klay is able to come back at the end of the regular season for a playoff push.
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