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Chris Paul says Warriors acted like ‘they won the NBA Finals’ last time they beat Clippers in L.A.

Jan 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT


The Warriors have been a nice surprise in the West this season, and with All-Star caliber performances from both Stephen Curry and David Lee for the bulk of the season, they were able to beat an equally surprising Clippers team in each of their first two meetings.

The third meeting, however, was all Clippers. A night after winning the battle of Los Angeles handily over the Lakers, the second game of a back-to-back was no issue at all, and the Clippers blew out the Warriors 115-89.

It was 35-12 after the first quarter, and the Clips led by as many as 39 points.

Chris Paul said afterward that the way the Warriors celebrated the last time these teams played in Los Angeles, when Golden State won by four back on Nov. 3, may have had something to do with his team’s motivation.

“The first time they beat us here, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals,” Paul [said]. “Then they beat us up there pretty handily, so we wanted to protect our home court. This was the third time we’ve played those guys at the end of a back-to-back, so we knew if we let them get out and run, we’d be in for a long night.”

The Warriors similarly blew out the Clippers in Oakland three days before, so that was probably fresher in the minds of the Clippers than was any so-called excessive celebration in the third game of the regular season.

Speaking of celebrating, Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was less than thrilled in the third quarter of this one, when the Clippers were pouring it on and whooping it up on the bench while doing so. He had a little staredown with some of the Clippers players, and said afterward that he’d be remembering the way they acted on this night, as well.

“It was just a good old-fashioned heavyweight championship staredown. That’s all,” Jackson said. “But they earned the right to celebrate, the way they played. So what you’ve got to do as a coach or as a player is just let it soak in and remember it. That’s all. Mark it down with permanent ink.”

These are two of the younger and more athletic teams in the West, and they both seem to be coming into their own right at the same time. They meet for the final time in the regular season on Jan. 21 in Oakland, a date that fans should certainly be circling on their collective calendars.

  1. cakemixa - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Last time I checked, the Clippers were still… the Clippers, and haven’t won or done anything significant in the postseason ever.

    • dacapt704 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      yeah..and the Warriors have celebrated many playoff Ws recently too right?

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      I like cp3 but how does he know how you behave after winning a championship.
      Maybe the Warriors behaved the right way, I didn’t see what they did.
      if the Clippers win this year cp3 should know what to do.

      oh boy!

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      I like cp3 but how would he know how to celebrate the nba finals championship……..
      does he know those banners at staples belong to Lakers………. cp3 is so silly………

      Mark Jackson is doing a great job. He is doing nyc proud.

  2. rjlink1 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Not so long ago, a Clippers-Warriors game was about the worst night of NBA basketball imaginable. Now it’s one of the best. Can’t wait until Jan. 21st!

  3. themagicfanguy - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    @cake You act as if the Warriors are significant, they’re not. Golden state fans have no room to talk about a franchise’s relevance.

  4. senorpapino - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Regardless of what you think of the teams, these rivalries are good for the game. Its why everyone likes the KG comments about hating the opposition and everyone is put off when people like LeBron and KD talk about being good friends. A lot more people will probably be tuning in now for the next game between these two.

  5. scalfor3 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    I hope these teams play each other in the playoffs

  6. letangusespertplus - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    CP3 wouldn’t know what that was like anyway. So his opinion doesn’t matter.

  7. nycalldayz - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Both teams are the same if u ask me. Neither are used to winning. Now that they are winning, both at times celebrate as if they won a chip.

  8. mat9844 - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    The Clippers are a young, gifted and hungry team playing inspired basketball. With a record of 27 -8 overall, and 11 straight wins at home, they’re in it to win it. And Mark Jackson shouldn’t take the whooping it up on the sidelines personally ~ they do this every game to support their teammates.

    • badintent - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

      Knick Nation remembers why Mark was run out of town as a former Knick. He toook himself way too seriously and didn’t have the game to back it up. What’s changed ? You ‘d have to ask his fomer partner/tutor Jeff Van Gundy about that. LOL !

  9. TeamBalco - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    S my D CP3!

    • dannymac17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM


  10. raidmagic - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Shouldn’t CP view that as a good thing? If they weren’t really good GS wouldn’t care if they beat them

  11. rodyaugu - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    The warriors celebrated the same way after the beat the heat.

  12. baymac408 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Chris Paul should shut his mouth unless he has the balls to say that in the parking lot… Guaranteed he wouldnt.. Not to mention the clippers acted the same way all game.. We are still up in the series we smashed them last time and they got us this time.. Won’t happen again

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Just like you guys did JUST THE NIGHT BEFORE, Chris? Sure, coach.

  14. BigBeachBall - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    does anybody believe the warriors can win this game?

  15. jerdogthompson - Jan 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM


    I will give you the fact that the Warriors have a young a very talented team. What you saw last night was MEN vs BOYS. The look on their collective faces last night was that of fear, they were man handled period. Between Chauncy & Lamar they have more playoff experience than the entire Warrior team including the coach. We’re still not at full strength, let that sink in for a moment. Grant it Bogut will improve your defense upon his return but no defense can beat an unstoppable offense which is what the Clippers can provide when their focused. This also is in fact the reason why the Clippers sit atop the division and are bouncing back and forth as the best record in the NBA. Let that sink in for a bit as well.

    • betamaleq - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      You act like you didn’t see the ass whoopin the Clippers got last Weds and the 4 pt loss back in November. Clippers with an unstoppable offense? If I remember correctly, “Lob City” was shut down for a “Block Party”. Stupid cliches aside, making the “Men vs Boys” comparison doesn’t even count in this instance, considering it took the Clippers two games to figure out how to shut down our star players.

      Let this sink in for a moment: Not one lob, which is the highlight of your “unstoppable offense”, was thrown on January 2nd…not one.

      CP3 is a huge talent, without a doubt, but at the same time he’s also a huge ego. In a post game interview after the 1/3/13 game, he stated, “I let Stephen have those 25 points in the first half.” Seriously? And it was CP3’s charge in the final seconds of the game back in November that lost it for the Clippers.

      Here’s a little tidbit that you may want to take into account: The Warriors and the Clippers have NEVER won the Pacific division. CP3 might want to stop acting like he’s won the Finals too before making such egotistical comments.

      Bogut isn’t our only injury. Brandon Rush is also out for the season, and he’s one of our best perimeter shooters and defensive stalwarts. These are quite possibly our two biggest defensive standouts, so don’t try to make the excuse that “our injuries are greater than yours.” When it comes down to it, in three meetings, we’ve still beaten the Clippers twice.

      Let this also sink in for a moment: The term is “Granted”, not “grant it”.

  16. somekat - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Apparently, Paul has already forgotten what it is like to be on a young team just putting the pieces together (seeing he spent his early years on a bad Hornets team, you’d think he understood). A young team that got an early season win, on the road, against a title contender. Of course they celebrated the win. Them celebrating is must more justifiable than the way the Clips bench acted yesterday, considering they are a much better team and SHOULD be blowing out the warriors.

    I generally like Paul, but this just seems like whining to me

  17. dunkindan - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Mark Jackson has this team rolling and the Warriors believe in him. Whether he cared about the Clippers bench or not he still had to show his team that they were not going to be so disrespected. Chris Paul can say whatever he wants because we still have more game to play vs them. I’d much rather have this rivalry instead of the games I used to go to 10 years ago and when the key player matchups were Eric Piatkowski vs Larry Hughes. Both good players but its nothing like Curry and Paul. Griffin is a beast no doubt but David Lee has the Warriors mentally tough. We won’t allow him to get his flops and dunks in. Lakers and Kings can battle with the Suns but the Clips and Warriors will battle for the top spot in the west. And you may think im crazy but we still have to play 82 games and if Bogut is back we have someone to guard their bigs while still posing as an offensive threat. Just look at the Oakland A’s this year. Took them 162 games to finally come out on top of the AL West.

  18. lakerluver - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Yeah, and Clip “fans” act like the Clips have won the NBA title already. All this crap about “running Los Angeles” is a joke. Just as big of a joke as the Clips have been for decades. Even if the Clips do win a title this year (they won’t) 1 is not greater than 16.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Beat down those Lakers YET again!

  19. thomaskouns - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I live in the Bay Area and am a die-hard Warriors fan but Paul is right.

    As much as I love the Warriors, they will get smoked in the playoffs by the Clippers. Steph and David Lee are great but when it becomes a half-court playoff series Paul and Blake will dominate.

    The Warriors are a nice team and a great story but heart in a ‘talent’ league will only get you so far – especially in half-court playoff time and the Warriors don’t have the personell to be a great half-court team.

    • dunkindan - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      If Bogut comes back then the Talent portion is also their for the warriors.

  20. doctorfootball - Jan 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    How would Chris Paul know what a NBA championship celebration looks like? He’s only seen one on tv

  21. cameltoehoe - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Clips got they a** beat in Oakland & the Nation witnessed it. Blake’s corner side backboard shot was prob the worst, most embarrassing play of the season.

    It was inevitable that the Clips would try to clap back on the Dubs or it would mean the sad cellar dwellers that the Clips will always be would expose their true
    colors once again.

    Can’t wait till CP3 signs with a contender for mucho dinero B**ches!

  22. savvybynature - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Sort of like how Blake Griffin celebrated when the team traded for CP3?

    I’m surprised that when he chest bumped DeAndre Jordan after he got the text that he didn’t then proceed to flop and look around for a whistle.

  23. dougmanoh - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Hey Cakemixa, get with the times. You’re still living in the past. Are you still following the Lakers and Celtics? What a waste of time! The Clippers and Warriors are a way better product.

  24. philtration - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    At least the Warriors have actually won a couple of NBA titles and have never been know as the worst franchise in league history.

  25. wfriedrichs - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    the Warriors are pretenders. Nothing but a jump shooting team. it looks decieving when they win, and looks like last night when they lose. Clippers are bigger, faster and more talented.

    • betamaleq - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Probably the most idiotic thing I’ve seen on this page. Come back when you have facts to support your claim…..oh and come back when the Clippers actually win a ‘ship.

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