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Clippers, Warriors have confrontation in hallway after Game 7

May 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry

The court could not contain the dislike between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.

This was a series where most expected hard fouls and chippy play from the opening game (based on their regular season meetings). That didn’t really materialize during the playoffs.

But it did in the hallway after the Clippers eliminated the Warriors in Game 7, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

According to three 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 (a 126-121 Clippers win) followed the on-court action by engaging in a heated verbal back-and-forth in the tunnel that connects the locker rooms at Staples Center. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports had more details.

After the game ended, the Warriors thought they heard a Clippers assistant coach yell, “It’s a little quiet in there,” several times outside their locker room, multiple sources said. Warriors guards Stephen Curry and Steve Blake were the first to dart from the locker room and confronted some Clippers ball boys in the hallway between both locker rooms, a source said. The Warriors’ coaching staff and players followed Curry and Blake into the hallway where they also confronted Clippers staff members and some players, including forward Glen Davis, sources said.

Jeremiah Rivers, the son of Clippers coach Doc Rivers, said on Twitter that Warriors center Marreese Speights “barged into” the Clippers’ locker room, but that was not confirmed. He later deleted the tweet. Another source said Davis and Speights yelled at each other with Speights having to be held back. No punches were thrown, but a lot of screaming took place. The Los Angeles Police Department and game security calmed the situation, a source said.

We’ll see if there are any repercussions from the league surrounding this, although as it was a typical “NBA fight” — lots of words, some shoving, no punches — there likely will be no action taken.

  1. miamiheatles - May 4, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    These two teams do not like each other.

  2. shutmdownd - May 4, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    The only thing i think of with Glen Davis is him crying when Kevin Garnett yelled at him… I wish the bigs for Golden State would have been healthy for the whole series to see who really is the best between the two, but i’m sure if the warriors would have won, it would have been because the Clippers were so exhausted from everything that has happened in the recent weeks…

  3. RavenzGunnerz - May 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    This series was great. But somehow I think we were cheated out of its full potential. Healthy Clippers vs. Hobbling Warriors. Kudos to the Warriors for making this even a series.

  4. dirtydrew - May 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    If he Warriors has Bogut, they would have swept the Clippers. Too bad, they played tough without their center.

    • CrownsDownFootball420 - May 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      If the Clippers didn’t have the Donald Sterling issue they would have swept the Warriors. It’s all hypotheticals. It can be said both ways man.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        The Sterling crap is overblown re: it’s impact on the players. If they let that get to them, when Doc did all the talking for them, they’re just weak-minded.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      Thats a big what if, and thats what happens when you depend on a big who cannot stay healthy

  5. schmokes - May 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Hope no one used any racial slurs during the fights.

  6. titansbro - May 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Lol, no punches but there was a lot of screaming. It has been reported, but not confirmed, that feelings were also hurt.

    • willkill4caffeine - May 5, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Well played

  7. cameltoehoe - May 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Once again, the Clippers show their a**.

  8. csbanter - May 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    seems like the writer was disappointed a fight didn’t take place. The NBA doesn’t need anymore negativity anytime soon.

  9. davidly - May 4, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    “Knowledge of the situation” seems to an infectious disease spread by misplaced curiosity.

  10. Nofoolnodrool - May 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Who cares? Kids will be kids. Weren’t not talking about rocket scientists are we? Yawn not surprised.

    • jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      You missed the big brawl at Boeing last week?

  11. davidly - May 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I hope the making light of what “NBA fight” connotes is not a lack of appreciation for everyday people’s general distaste for physical violence — an admirable quality.

  12. jimeejohnson - May 4, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    “…everyday people’s general distaste for physical violence.”

    It’s those every other day people who enjoy fisticuffs, mixed martial arts, roller derby, even hockey!

  13. jimsjam33 - May 4, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    The Clippers won . Nothing else matters . The Warriors can take a page out of the Clippers book . Last year after being up by two games over the Grizzlies , Blake Griffin sprained his ankle . Everything else is old news . Grizzles beat the Clippers 4-2 You can’t get it back . Win on the court or shut up !

  14. ufools - May 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Sore LOSERS.

  15. money2long - May 4, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    pretty sure this confrontation, whatever happened, was still better than the mayweather fight last night. floyd, make the pacquiao fight happen dude.

  16. fotydaze - May 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    What’s up with all the unconfirmed and anonymous sources? Is this the national inquirer?

  17. jerdogthompson - May 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Yeah, a hobbled warrior team?

    The Clippers beat GS with Bogut. The two times GS won this year;

    *Clippers lost at GS, it was their 11th game in 13 nights.

    *The 2nd loss was a by product of very poor officiating, so poor the NBA came out and admitted the technical against BG should not have been called.

    When a team is missing one player they are hobbled now? I think that comment gets the coveted “most moronic” post of the week. Congrats

    #InDocwetrust

    • divan22 - May 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Yeah, you don’t know basketball.

      #hashtagsareforunoriginaltrendwhores

    • topdawg4ever - May 4, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Yes, the Warriors were hobbled without their one big man Bogut.

      Most moronic post goes to you, sir.

  18. Dogsweat - May 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    If the Warriors had Rick Berry they would have won, I love the “IF” card.

    The San Francisco Warriors should of buried the Clippers just on the distractions alone.

  19. golfrangeman - May 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Jerdog you might want to check your facts 11 games in 13 nights. Sorry dude no team played even 3 nights in a row.

  20. jerdogthompson - May 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Okay, I was going off pure memory and I was off a little. 9 games in 13 nights, I knew it was a lot. The point was that loss to GS was purely a schedule makers loss.

    Fri 17 @ New York
    Sat 18 @ Indiana
    Mon 20 @ Detroit
    Wed 22 @ Charlotte
    Fri 24 @ Chicago
    Sat 25 @ Toronto
    Mon 27 @ Milwaukee
    Wed 29 vs Washington
    Thu 30 @ Golden State

  21. condor75 - May 4, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    The Sterling crap is overblown re: it’s impact on the players. If they let that get to them, when Doc did all the talking for them, they’re just weak-minded. yeah its overblown alright, it is people like you that enable people like Sterling

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