Dillon Brooks and Draymond Green threw gasoline on probably the most heated rivalry within the NBA this week, and their mutual distaste for each other endured after the Memphis Grizzlies blew out the Golden State Warriors, 131-110, on Thursday. Their points started final postseason, when Green was ejected from Game 1 of their playoff collection in opposition to one another. Brooks was tossed from Game 2 and suspended for a grimy hit on Warriors guard Gary Payton II.
The two have traded barbs ever since, however Brooks took it to a brand new stage final week in an ESPN profile. “I do not like Draymond in any respect,” Brooks advised ESPN’s Tim Keown. “I simply do not like Golden State. I do not like something to do with them. Draymond talks rather a lot. Gets away with rather a lot, too.” As you may think about, Green did not take too kindly to that. On his podcast, The Draymond Green Show, he unloaded on Brooks. “If you ever puzzled why the Memphis Grizzlies are usually not able to compete for the championship, look no additional than this fool proper right here,” Green stated of Brooks. Last season, Brooks referred to the Grizzlies as a budding dynasty, which Green mocked. “The dynasty begins after you, not with you, and that is only a truth,” he stated.
Well, naturally, Brooks had lots to say after the Grizzlies beat the Warriors on Thursday. In his post-game interview, he had revealed the message he had for Green about his burgeoning media profession. “Keep doing his podcast, maintain running a blog, maintain doing his factor off the court docket,” Brooks stated. “It’s cute. It’s enjoyable for him.”
Green, in fact, had lots to say himself. He stated that Brooks might simply be baited into technical fouls, and “that is most likely the distinction between me and him.” He additionally refused to think about the Grizzlies a rival as a result of they’ve by no means overwhelmed the Warriors within the playoffs. “Anybody can win in March,” Green joked. “I’ve a tough time getting out of my mattress in March.”
As it stands proper now, there’s a good probability that the Warriors and Grizzlies face off within the first spherical of the playoffs. The Kings and Grizzlies are tied within the loss column for the No. 2 and No. 3 seed within the Western Conference, and with Kevin Durant anticipated to overlook a number of weeks with a sprained ankle, neither is more likely to fall any farther. The Warriors are within the No. 6 slot proper now, so relying on how the remainder of the season goes, they may face Memphis within the first spherical if they’ll stay at No. 6 or earn the No. 7 seed within the play-in spherical.
Should that collection come to move, Memphis would have an opportunity to beat Golden State when it counts. Until then? Don’t anticipate Green to provide Brooks an inch on the court docket or off of it.
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