The Golden State Warriors are tired of hearing that it was luck that they won the NBA championship last season — especially when those notions are concocted by their rival, the Los Angeles Clippers.
After learning that Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Grantland that "You need luck in the West—look at Golden State" and "they didn't have to play us or the [San Antonio] Spurs," NBA MVP Stephen Curry and teammate Draymond Green had heard enough. On Tuesday, they decided to return fire.
"If they saying that, they aren't the champs. It's simple. [Spurs coach] Gregg Popovich didn't say that –– that's one organization I really respect –– and you haven't heard anybody in they camp say that. You ain't heard anybody from OKC say that..." Green told ESPN.
Curry sarcastically apologized for the Warriors not having to play the Spurs nor the Clippers in the playoffs and for being healthy in the NBA Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers were without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love due to season-ending injuries.
"I apologize for us being healthy, I apologize for us playing who was in front of us," Curry said. "I apologize for all the accolades we received as a team and individually. I'm very, truly sorry, and we'll rectify that situation this year."
The Clippers were up 3-1 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals with an opportunity to meet the Warriors in the Conference Finals, but wound up losing the final three games of the series.
With the Clippers having added Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith this past summer, their rivalry with the Warriors should only get better.
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