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Warriors-Clippers fight during and after game (Video)

Warriors ClippersThere is a heated rivalry developing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, and that was evident when the teams played on Wednesday night.

Two players were ejected for incidents during the game, and the teams had a scuffle at the end of the game that continued by the locker rooms.

Early in the fourth quarter, Warriors forward Draymond Green was ejected for throwing an elbow at Blake Griffin. Video of that is below:

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Spurs beat Warriors on controversial Thiago Splitter tip-in (Video)

Gregg Popovich did that thing on Thursday night where he infuriates the NBA by resting his superstar players for a nationally televised game, but the San Antonio Spurs came away with a win over the Golden State Warriors anyway. However, the ending of the game has created some controversy.

San Antonio center Tiago Splitter tipped in the game-winning basket with 2.1 seconds remaining. Boras Diaw had attempted a reverse layup that begin falling off the front of the rim, and Splitter was able to tip it in with his left hand. Replay angles from above the basket showed that there was a possibility the ball was still within the cylinder when Splitter touched it.

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As SI.com’s The Point Forward noted, goaltending and basket interference plays can be reviewed in the final two minutes of a game only if an official has whistled a violation. Since the officials did not call offensive goaltending, they could not have reviewed the play and reversed the call.

Most importantly, I think that rule needs to be changed. I don’t blame the officials for not calling offensive goaltending, as there’s really no way to tell for certain with a play that close. That’s where replay should come in, and a play like that should be reviewable regardless of what the call was (or wasn’t) on the floor.

Photo via @cjzero

Clippers reportedly refuse to hold chapel with Warriors before game

Doc RiversThere is very little love lost between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Both California teams are likely to make the playoffs and may even contend for the Western Conference championship, so you can understand why the players on either side may not be best friends with one another. That being said, bad blood is usually pushed aside when it comes to gathering for prayer.

Most NBA teams gather for chapel and pray together before games. After all, basketball is just a game. But according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times, the Clippers refused to hold chapel with the Warriors on Thursday. Instead, the Clippers held their own prayer service.

“Man, they don’t want to have chapel with us?” a team source reportedly said. “I never heard that before, but OK.”

As Thompson pointed out, there were a number of incidents during the four times LA and Golden State faced off last year that fueled what has become a budding rivalry. As you may remember, the Clippers bench clowned Blake Griffin pretty hard during one game after he bricked a three-pointer.

You have to wonder if there is more to this story. For one thing, Doc Rivers wasn’t even with the Clippers last season. He typically has shown the utmost respect for opponents and is considered one of the more classy coaches in basketball. If LA chose not to hold chapel with their opponents, it’d be tough to believe the decision came from Doc.

H/T Eye on Basketball

Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry unlikely to be back with Warriors

Jarrett Jack WarriorsThough the Golden State Warriors added Andre Iguodala on Friday, they likely lost more than the players they traded to the Utah Jazz.

Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group reports that the Warriors had to renounce their rights to Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry because of the four-year, $48 million deal they agreed to with Iguodala.

Landry is a free agent after choosing not to pick up his $4 million player option with the Warriors. He is looking for a multi-year deal.

The Warriors were interested in bringing back Jack, who is an unrestricted free agent, but they are unlikely to be able to afford him. The Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks reportedly have shown interest in Jack, who had a fantastic season for the Warriors last season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field.

Jack seemed to be disappointed about his fate:

The Warriors have a lineup that looks strong, but they will lose some depth without Jack and Landry.

UPDATE: On Saturday, Landry agreed to a four-year deal worth $26-27 with the Sacramento Kings. Less than an hour later, Jack agreed to a 4-year, $25 million deal with the Cavs.

Warriors to sign Andre Iguodala, trade Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson to Jazz

Andre IguodalaThe Golden State Warriors were busy on Friday making moves to shed some bad contracts that allowed them to agree to a deal with Andre Iguodala.

According to TNT’s David Aldridge, the Warriors agreed to trade Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson to the Utah Jazz. Another report from Marcus Thompson says Brandon Rush is part of the deal. Biedrins is owed $9 million this season, while Jefferson is scheduled to earn $11 million. The Warriors are also reportedly sending 2014 and 2017 first-round picks to Utah in the deal.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says the Warriors have agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with Andre Iguodala. Clearing out the contracts of Biedrins and Jefferson gave them the room to sign Iggy.

“It’s a great opportunity. I’m trying to win a championship,” Iguodala told Aldridge.

Iguodala also confirmed the move with a tweet:

Iguodala had a four-year, $52 million offer from the Sacramento Kings that the team took off the table earlier this week after he did not immediately commit to the deal. Wojnarowski also reports that the Denver Nuggets offered to match Sacramento’s offer to Iguodala, but he chose to sign with Golden State instead.

Adding Iguodala does not mean the Warriors should be discounted from the Dwight Howard sweepstakes. The Warriors still have attractive trade pieces like Andrew Bogut’s $14 million expiring contract, and youngsters Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, whom they could offer to the Lakers in a potential sign-and-trade for Howard.

Warriors bench has great reaction to Harrison Barnes dunk (Video)

Warriors-benchThe Golden State Warriors were able to beat the Denver Nuggets on the road in a high-scoring affair on Tuesday night, and an outstanding performance from Harrison Barnes helped get them there. The former North Carolina star led the way with 24 points and six rebounds, but it was his reverse jam in the fourth quarter that really put the exclamation point on the evening.

As you can see, the Warriors bench loved it. This GIF that @cjzero passed along encapsulates their reaction to perfection:

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Golden State did what it had to do in tying the series 1-1 before heading game for Game 3. The Warriors have lost David Lee for the remainder of the playoffs, but they proved on Tuesday that they are still capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Barnes averaged only 9.2 points per game during the regular season, but the team will need more 24-point performances from him in the absence of Lee if they want to advance to the next round.

Andrew Bogut upset, tells Rockets ‘C U Next Tuesday’

Andrew BogutAndrew Bogut was upset with the Houston Rockets for running up the score Tuesday, so he responded by calling them out over Twitter after the game.

Bogut called the Rockets a dirty name while referencing the next meeting between the teams in his incredibly crafted tweet:

In case you couldn’t figure out the bad name Bogut called the Rockets, just look at the first letter of the first four terms he wrote.

Why was Bogut so steamed? The Rockets worked the Warriors 140-109 in Houston while making 23 3-pointers — one short of setting the NBA record. The home fans were chanting for the Rockets to get the record, but the Warriors wouldn’t allow it; they began fouling the Rockets to prevent them from attempting threes.

“We’re not going to lay down,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson after the game. “So if you’re going to try to get the record, we’re going to stop you. There’s a way to get the record. That’s all.”

Rockets coach Kevin McHale shrugged off the game’s ending.

“We shoot a lot of threes,” said McHale. “That’s just what we do. Mark didn’t want it to happen so he fouls. I have no problem with how they played. Mark’s got to coach his team. I have no problem at all with that.”

Bogut had 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss — his fourth game back from an ankle injury. As he reference in his tweet, the teams will rematch in Oakland on Tuesday. We know who we’re picking to win that one.

H/T Minus Twenty-Two