Paul: This was slugfest, dogfight. We beat a good team
Even after battling for seven games, the Warriors and Clippers couldn't stay away from each other after Game 7. (USATSI)
The Los Angels Clippers and Golden State Warriors went out the way you’d hope archrivals would after Saturday's 126-121 Clippers win – still offering to punch each others’ light out.
From Sam Amick of USA Today, “According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the teams that went back and forth in a brilliant Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday night followed the on-court action by engaging in a heated verbal back-and-forth in the tunnel near the locker rooms at Staples Center.”
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The two teams that have shared almost no love even through this mutually cathartic series allegedly turned on each other in the hallway leaving the floor. Again, Amick:
“The incident came in two waves, with most of the Warriors in the hallway at one point along with several Clippers. The police were called to assist, though it's not believed any punches were thrown. While all the details of the situation were not immediately clear, it's believed that Warriors big man Marreese Speights was the aggressor for the Warriors while point guard Chris Paul was allegedly the irritant for the Clippers.”
And with that, the Warriors wished the Clippers the very best in their upcoming series with Oklahoma City, while rooting for the Thunder to win in three games.
Ray Ratto is a columnist for CSNBayArea.com