LOS ANGELES -- Having wrapped the Pacific Division and the overall No. 1 seed throughout the Western Conference playoffs, the Warriors have nothing tangible to gain over the final nine games of the regular season.
For the first time in recent years, they will face the Clippers with decidedly low stakes.
Then again, it is Warriors-Clippers.
And Draymond Green remains Draymond Green.
"It’s still going to be an intense game," he said Monday. "We want to take their heads off, and they want to take our heads off. That’s just the way it is, so just roll with the punches."
Though the Clippers are playing for playoff seeding, the Warriors truly have nothing to gain. It's highly unusual given the animosity and significance of recent games.
"It's definitely odd," Green said of the atypical circumstances. "But it's something at stake. It's always something at stake when we play against those guys.
"Obviously, in the grand scheme of things, maybe not record-wise or division-wise, but there's always something at stake. Always something there."
Green was at the center of the most recent chapter in the book of this rivalry. In the wake of his terrific performance in a win over Los Angeles on March 8 at Oracle Arena, he was in the middle of postgame interview with ABC's Lisa Salters when Clippers reserve Dahntay Jones deliberately bumped into Green.
Green, temperature rising, immediately took a mental note but did not take any physical action. He later made it clear that Jones' move was not appreciated, adding that he wouldn't react to a player whose role on his was so insignificant.
The low-grade drama continued to play out over the next couple days. Jones was fined $10,000 for initiating contact. Clippers coach Doc Rivers expressed sarcasm about Green's toughness, after which Green responded on radio by referring to the LA coach by his actual first name, Glenn.
Green last week authorized T-shirt hoodies -- "Cool story, Glenn" -- on Athlete Originals to capitalize on the mild beef. Three days later, after Rivers joked about getting a cut of the profits, Green removed the gear and it's no longer available.
Green did want to make it clear that his back-and-forth with Rivers is (mostly) all in fun.
"A lot of people are trying to take it and twist it," Green said. "But I have the utmost respect for Doc, just what he's done over the course of his career. As a former player, he's one of the players who paved the way for me."
As for the game, though, it's war.
"It's no secret: They don't like us. We don't like them," Green said. "And that's not going to change."