Spare room was hard to find on the naughty list this past year, so much of it being taken up by
The names of
Klay Thompson was added before the teams' wild first-round playoff series last spring when the Warriors shooting guard accused Griffin of flopping and being a "bull in a china shop."
It's a good thing the list spans only the previous 365 days, because there have been plenty of other perpetrators in the Clippers-Warriors rivalry that resumes Thursday night at
There was little doubt the
"It's probably from all the hoopla from the past games," Clippers point guard Chris Paul said Tuesday night. "After we played each other in the playoffs and especially because it went seven games, I'm sure that's who we are going to be playing for a while on Christmas."
The mutual disgust spilled over into a Staples Center hallway in May after the Clippers eliminated the Warriors from the playoffs. A misunderstanding involving voices Golden State players thought they heard coming from outside their locker room triggered a verbal exchange in which Warriors forward Marreese Speights had to be restrained and the Los Angeles Police Dept. was called in.
The angst shifted to the Clippers in early November, Coach
Golden State (23-4) will bring the league's best record into the rematch — even after an upset loss to the
The Clippers were somewhat intrigued by the prospect of
Reinforcements would certainly be welcome for the Clippers, who are in the midst of a stretch of 26 days featuring 15 games and three sets of back-to-backs.
Then again, weary legs could regain their spring quickly given the opponent Thursday.
"If we can't find energy for that game, then that's a problem," Griffin said of playing the Warriors. "I think we'll be ready for that game."
While the Warriors will have been in Los Angeles for nearly three days by tip-off thanks to their game against the Lakers, the Clippers may still be groggy from having returned from Atlanta early Wednesday morning.
"It's really set up nice," a half-smiling Rivers said of the schedule. "But that's OK. Adversity is good. Get through it. You learn from it. You get tougher. So, to me, bring it on. That's what I always say, 'Adversity is good. Deal with it.' "
There figures to be at least a dash of that in a rivalry so contentious the Clippers refused to hold chapel with the Warriors before one game last season. Just another slight in a matchup that lends itself to a different kind of season's greetings.
"It's two teams that have had a fun last couple of years playing against one another," Warriors power forward
CLIPPERS VS. WARRIORS
When: 7:30 PST Thursday.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV:
Record vs. Warriors: 0-1.
Update: This is the start of a nine-game homestand for the Clippers, who have won seven consecutive games at Staples Center. To extend their streak, the Clippers will probably have to score at least 100 points because Golden State is 15-0 when holding opponents under triple digits. The Warriors also lead the league in field-goal percentage (.481), opponents' field-goal percentage (.422), blocks (6.48 per game), defensive rebounds (35.2) and point differential (plus-9.5).