The basketball world knows there is deep-seated animosity between the Clippers and
Golden State Warriors.
Just listen to Reggie Miller, the NBA Hall of Famer and basketball analyst, explain why he’s looking forward to the first-round Western Conference matchup between the Clippers and Warriors that starts Saturday at Staples Center.
“They hate each other,” Miller said during a conference call with reporters.
To illustrate Miller’s point, just look at how the four-game series played out between the two teams that the Clippers and Warriors split 2-2.
There were nine individual technical fouls in the four games, two ejections (Blake Griffin and Golden State’s Draymond Green), one flagrant foul (Green) and a confrontation between Griffin and Golden State’s Jermaine O’Neal in the hallway outside of the Clippers’ locker room after one game.
“Any time you hate a team, you can throw out who’s hurt and who’s not playing because it becomes personal,” Millers said. “We’re going to see a lot of hard fouls in this series. David Lee and Blake Griffin can’t stand each other and I love it.”
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