The battles on the court between the Warriors and Clippers are spilling ever more into a war of words.
The latest involves Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers, who on Monday responded to the $10,000 fine slapped upon Clippers reserve Dahntay Jones not with contrition but with sarcasm – directed not at Jones but at Warriors forward Draymond Green.
It was Jones' slight but very visible shove of Green, as he was engaged with a postgame interview, on Sunday that prompted the NBA to fine the Clippers guard on Monday.
"I guess that tough guy in Golden State," Rivers said, referring to Green, "I think the bump was too hard for him, clearly by how he reacted. I thought that guy was tough."
Green was being interviewed on the Oracle Arena court after the Warriors' 106-98 win over the Clippers when Jones walked past and delivered a bump to Green's left elbow area.
Green's reaction was limited to quizzical glares of annoyance in the direction of Jones. Green at the time didn't know whether it was deliberate, but reached that conclusion after viewing replays.
The NBA evidently reached the same conclusion, leading to the fine of Jones.
The teams meet for the final time this regular season on March 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.