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Iman Shumpert to Warriors: ‘We gon bust your ass. Period.’

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25: Iman Shumpert #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shows his championship ring before the game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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It’s not even December yet, but the war of words between the Warriors and Cavaliers is heating up like the Finals are around the corner.

Back in the preseason, Draymond Green told, "...if Cleveland comes out of the east, I want to destroy Cleveland. No ifs, ands and buts about it. But I also know that there’s steps to get to that point. And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them.”

Hey, Iman Shumpert, how do you feel about that?

“We supposed to hate them, and they supposed to hate us. It’s OK. They supposed to take cheap shots at us. They’re gonna hate us, fam. That’s what sports is. It’s great. I love every bit of it. I’m glad he said that ’cause we gon’ bust they ass, too. You need to type that up: We gon bust your ass. Period.”

Thanks to Complex Magazine for the quote, out of a story mostly about Shumpert’s fashion choices and preferences.

The curmudgeonly old man in me wants it’s a little too early for this back-and-forth with more than 60 games left in the season, but already things seem to be lining up for a Cavs/Warriors NBA Finals for a third straight year. Plus, a real rivalry and some smack talk is good for the league.

I’m looking forward to the Christmas Day showdown between these teams.