Warriors’ Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are fed up with Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks
Dillon Brooks contributed to the Memphis Grizzlies’ win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, but the Warriors were in no mood to support his two-way effort.
At the end of the Grizzlies’ 133-119 win on the FedExForum, Klay Thompson was fed up with Brooks yelling “You shit” from the Grizzlies’ bench. So Thompson counted four fingers to Brooks and the Grizzlies’ bench.
It showed the four championships he’s won and was a similar gesture he made to Suns All-Star Devin Booker earlier this season. But Thompson didn’t stop there and continued to sack Brooks after the game.
“I don’t care about Dillon Brooks,” Thompson told The Commercial Appeal. “I don’t think anyone will ever talk about Dillon Brooks again when he retires. I promise you. It’s cute now, but wait 10 years.”
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Brooks took Thompson’s gestures as competitive banter. In a hoarse voice, he praised what the Warriors have accomplished over the past 10 years and said the Grizzlies would use it as fuel.
“He has four rings. That’s all he said. It’s motivation for us,” Brooks said. “We also want a ring. Being able to go through the process of steps that we did last year, we’re moving on and learning from it all. It’s friendly trash talk, but I just own a lot of real estate over there in San Francisco.”
Both teams split their regular-season streak, with the home side winning each of the four games.
Stephen Curry didn’t want to talk about Brooks individually, instead emphasizing the Grizzlies’ collective accomplishment. Both teams played a back-to-back on the second night, but the Grizzlies made 18 3-pointers on the Warriors’ 13.
Curry shot 5 for 15 with 16 points while Brooks had 18 points and was 4 for 4 with 3 points.
“We played all the Memphis Grizzlies, not just him,” Curry said when asked if Brooks was guarding him.
The teams met in the playoffs last season, with the Warriors winning six games in the semifinals. When the teams met on Christmas Day, Thompson drew a technical foul after yelling at Brooks while running down.
On March 9, Curry and Draymond Green later dismissed the Grizzlies as rivals after the Grizzlies won at the FedExForum. However, the Grizzlies still see the Warriors as something to shoot at. There is a possibility that both teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs, so time will tell if it goes on for a second straight postseason.
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Dillon Brooks and Klay Thompson exchange words after Grizzlies defeat Warriors