The Warriors facing the Pelicans in the second round means that two notorious shit-stirrers will be on the court together, and even if the series result is lopsided, the antics of Rajon Rondo and Draymond Green will compensate for it in entertainment.
At halftime of Golden State’s 121-116 Game 2 victory Tuesday, the Warriors forward and Pelicans point guard ended up having a lively conversation while chest to chest:
The Warriors only had a three-point lead at halftime. When the game was practically out of reach for New Orleans with 28 seconds left, Rondo tried to make Green’s two free throws as inconvenient as possible for him. He paced in front of Draymond and also rubbed his sweat on the ball:
This strategy was a continuation of Game 1, in which Rondo tried to give Green a high-five after he missed a free throw:
Green, a man skilled in the art of instigating, didn’t seem fazed about it after the game. From the Mercury News:
“He’s a competitor and I’m a competitor,” said Green, who finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists. “It is what it is.
As long as no one’s getting sucker-punched, kicked in the balls, or clotheslined, it’s fun to watch. Both Warriors coach and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry had no problem with it, even if there’s a solid chance Rondo sincerely hates Green because he seems to be irritated by the existence of anyone who isn’t on his team. (There are exceptions.) Green might have a more serious beef with Charles Barkley, though.