The Clippers and the Warriors are the NBA's one true rivalry, mainly because there have been multiple incidents between the teams over the last few years, and there is a genuine level of dislike between the players that exists to this day.
The two clubs met in preseason action on Tuesday, and as the Clippers won by 35 points in a game where Stephen Curry didn't play, there was additional trash talk that accompanied the performance which didn't at all sit well with at least one of the Warriors' players.
“They were out there talking. If they want to talk, we want to talk,” Livingston told CSNBayArea.com. “We’re not going to just back down. They’re up 20 and talking, up 30 and still talking.
“It is what is. It’s the game. But just play the game. That’s all.”
Livingston also accused Blake Griffin specifically of playing the game rougher than was necessary.
“He’s going with all these antics; just play,” Livingston said. “He’s out here wrapping me up, putting elbows to my forehead. Ok. I understand. Don’t get me wrong. They want to beat us."
"I’ve got 12 years in this thing, and you’re out here trying to throw elbows at me and wrap me up and do all that,” Livingston said. “That makes no sense to me. Just play and you don’t have to do all of that. You’re big enough and strong enough that you can just box me out without doing all of that.”
Go ahead and circle Nov. 4 on your calendar, because that's the next time the two teams will meet in a game that counts in the standings. It's rare in professional sports that you find players and coaches that will publicly trash each other like this, so it's worth tuning in and enjoying this true rivalry for as long as it lasts.
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[via CSN Bay Area]