OAKLAND – Stephen Curry and David Lee acknowledged Monday that there was a verbal altercation between the Warriors and the Clippers late Saturday night, after Los Angeles won Game 7 of their playoff series.
Both players insist the beef never turned physical, which is consistent with previous reports citing unnamed sources.
"Guys in the locker room heard some chatter while coach (Mark Jackson) was trying to talk," Curry said. "We were still dealing with the emotions of the game, but we heard something we didn't like and reacted in a somewhat peaceful manner. It wasn’t physical; no punches were thrown. We were just trying to figure out what was going on."
The beef apparently took place in a hallway between the home and visitor's locker rooms at Staples Center. Initial reports indicated arena security and local law enforcement were summoned to quell the disturbance.
"More was made of it than actually went on," Lee said. "It's no secret that our teams aren't best friends. It showed in the regular season and it showed in the playoffs. It's two competitive teams, two teams that want to win and want to move on.
"Were there words exchanged? Absolutely. But I don't think it was anything to be still talking about right now."
The teams made a show of sportsmanship in the moments after the final buzzer, as Jackson shared an embrace with LA coach Doc Rivers and players from both teams did the same. Many, including Clippers guard Chris Paul and Curry, engaged in brief conversations before leaving the floor.
Less than 10 minutes later, tempers flared.
"At the end of the day, it was just a big misunderstanding," Curry said. "Both teams understood that and backed off."