Paul: This was slugfest, dogfight. We beat a good team
After battling on the court, several sources reported an altercation between Warriors and Clippers players at the end of Game 7. (USATI)
LOS ANGELES – Nobody was fired in the hours after the Warriors fell to the Clippers in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.
Nobody was bleeding, either.
But there was plenty of tension, perhaps because there looms the possibility of blood and probability of dismissals.
The two teams continued to cement their ever-growing feud by reportedly barking at each other in the bowels of Staples Center only minutes after they exchanged embraces on the court.
Several outlets reported a verbal altercation between members of each team that was quelled before it became truly serious. Among the Warriors reportedly involved: Marreese Speights, Steve Blake and Stephen Curry. Among the Clippers reportedly present: Glen "Big Baby" Davis and, eventually, Chris Paul.
Consider it another episode in the rapidly expanding docudrama starring these two teams. They do not like each other and there is no indication of that changing.
Meanwhile, Mark Jackson walked out the building as coach of the Warriors.
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Co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, as well as general manager Bob Myers, spent an unusually long period of time in the locker room. Guber was the first to emerge, exhibiting his usual vigor, followed shortly thereafter by a grim-faced Lacob.
What does this mean? That the future of Warriors-Clippers is at least as intriguing in the coming years as the future of Jackson is in the days.