The NBA Playoffs kick-off on Saturday. The Los Angeles Clippers will host the Golden State Warriors during the first-round, and isn’t it fitting that the smack talk has already begun. Warriors guard, Klay Thompson, called out Clippers’ forward, Blake Griffin, for flopping and playing “out of control”.
“He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson said.
“He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said. “He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.
“I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”
Analysts and players have often questioned Blake’s toughness. Blake did receive his 16th technical foul on the season, so perhaps the new edge to his game has helped him catapult himself to the excellent season he’s had.
The Clippers and Warriors may hold the key to the league’s most exciting first-round series, as two teams who can fill the cup, square-off in a battle that could ignite a California rivalry for years to come. Mix Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson in one big pot, and you’ve got enough starpower to easily make for one of the better matchups in the first-round.