OAKLAND -– In posting a 121-112 victory over Milwaukee on Friday night, the Warriors got their revenge on the Bucks. But the final horn didn’t exactly signal the end of the action.
There was a postgame skirmish between the teams at the north end of the court at Oracle Arena, with Warriors forward Draymond Green and Bucks forward Khris Middleton in the eye of the mini-scuffle.
It actually began with Bucks guard O.J. Mayo confronting Green underneath the north basket. Mayo and Green were in each other’s face, when Mayo, turning to walk away, rubbed the top of Green’s head.
“I’m not really going to talk about what guys say,” Green said. “What you think he said, he may not have said or he may have said. Just . . . ain’t no man going to touch my head. I’m a grown man.”
Green responded to Mayo by shoving his arm away, after which Middleton –- who had been listening to the Green-Mayo conversation -– decided to express his thoughts while giving Green a shove from the flank.
Warriors security chief Ralph Walker intervened before things escalated.
Mayo said he approached Green to scold him for his comments made during the week to KNBR-AM in which Green referred to the antics of Bucks guard Michael Carter-Williams as they were closing out the upset win over the Warriors last Saturday in Milwaukee.
“I told him he’s a heck of a player, but at the end of the day that’s my teammate,” Mayo said in the visitor’s locker room. “You disrespected my teammate. There are some things he shouldn’t say in the media. Show your class.”
Warriors star Stephen Curry, who was on the periphery of the fracas, excused it to two players -– Green and Mayo -– addressing their differences.
“It was just some banter back and forth,” Curry said. “Draymond and O.J. had been talking all game, just common trash talk that happens. They were settling up. There wasn’t anything feisty or anything. They were just talking about what was happening. And just everybody comes together and at that point, nobody knows what really is going on and just gets kind of hyped up for nothing.”
Curry’s assessment is accurate, but incomplete. Things did get physical, however, briefly. And the NBA is certain to take a look at the incident.