In the waning seconds of Tuesday night's playoff game between the Pelicans and the Warriors, Green was at the foul line when New Orleans point guard Rajon Rondo grabbed the ball after Green drained his first free throw.
To be sure, Green and Rondo have a lot in common.
Green's clear implication is that Rondo has been trying to bait him.
Luckily for Curry, Rondo missed, however this could have been a series-changing moment that left Steph severely injured. So they're competing. I don't see anything wrong with it other than the tripping [by Rondo]. The Warriors were doing a great job of keeping him out of the restricted area in Game 1 and 2, so they'll have to figure out how to get their strong defensive rotations back.
"I don't have to bait Rondo". "I don't try to bait him at anything". That does nothing for me. "I don't try to bait him into anything". (Media) hate the storyline of somebody trying to bait me, huh? "Maybe once. I wouldn't even say getting into it, though". Got 32 points from reserves, led by Clark. "It ain't Draymond this time".
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"I ain't tried to bait nobody". I've tried to bait a lot of guys. Succeeded in quite a bit, sometimes not. At some point somebody's got to tell the truth and I know that's not quite the DNA these days, but at some point you've got to tell the truth. Draymond not trying to bait nobody. "I think he'll have good relationships with his players". I look forward to you all telling the truth one day. "But I do look forward to it".
Green feels that he is being targeted by the Pelicans, and particularly by Rondo, in an attempt to exploit his reputation. I haven't seen it, but it's basketball.
Rondo's mind is always fixated on what he can do to make the team better or get more out of his teammates. Rondo and Green have had to be separated twice in the first three games. He's a great competitor and I love competing against him. "We've got to be way more aggressive on both sides of the basketball". Rajon Rondo played his part in that, thanks to putting up the most Rondo-like stat sheet in the history of Rajon Rondo.
"If a guy is talking trash on the other team, it's natural to me to respond", he said. "With my guys on the court, I'm going to fight as hard as I can. and do whatever it takes".
Golden State ultimately dropped the game by the score of 119-100 with New Orleans pulling the series to 2-1 heading into Game 4 Sunday afternoon. If New Orleans can find a way to even the series, all the pressure will end up falling back on the Warriors.