Are the Clippers and the Warriors Rivals Yet?


January 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10, right) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

“Rivalries are born, but they never die. Rivalries live on. The names and the stories may change, but the feeling remains. What mattered so much then, matters now. Rivalries never die.” - Larry Bird, Magic Johnson

Many of you may recall that commercial with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, talking about the Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers rivalry, which is still alive 30 years later. They were absolutely right when they said that rivalries never die, they’re only born.

Right now, the newest rivalry is perhaps that of the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, who have just recently become foes. As two emerging superpowers, the Clippers and the Warriors are going to end up fighting for division control for years to come. Whoever wins that control is secured home court advantage in the playoffs, no matter how bad their record is. Since both these teams flourish at home, it’s safe to say we’re going to see all out war when they play each other.

Not just us at the Fansided network has realized that the Warriors rival the Clippers, but also David Stern and the NBA. The Warriors are set to play the Clippers Christmas Day in Oakland. This is the one day of year that fans get to sit back, relax, and watch the NBA’s hottest rivals battle it out and fight each other. We already know that star forwards Blake Griffin and David Lee aren’t too fond of each other, from an altercation early in the 2012-2013 season and I’m sure Stephen Curry isn’t exactly Chris Paul‘s favorite guy when it comes to defensive tasks. And everyone remembers when this happened:

Last season, the Warriors got the bested the Clippers 3-1, but this season, however, the Clippers have gotten stronger with the additions of J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley. The Warriors have also added some depth signing Andre Iguodala to a 4-year deal, so it’s going to be interesting to see who wins the matchup between these teams. Whether  you’re a Clippers fan or a Warriors fan, however, you have to admit that it would be fun to see these two battle it out in the playoffs as the 4th seed vs the 5th seed.

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