The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers aren't exactly the best of friends, and they'll meet on Thursday at Staples Center. In advance of the game, Clippers guard Austin Rivers explained how his team feels about the defending champs.
Austin Rivers said Golden State is "human." Called them a great team but said Clippers aren't treating Warriors like they're unbeatable.
Rivers added that the Warriors "put on their shoes just like us," via the Bay Area News Group's Diamond Leung. Translation: the Clippers are not scared.
In a different interview, Rivers told SiriusXM NBA that "we don't like them but it's because we respect them" and added that Golden State is "a primetime team" and "the best team in the NBA." Translation: The Clippers do not want to anger the Warriors any more than they already have.
It's pretty simple: Los Angeles believes that it can beat Golden State, and it wishes it had the chance to do so in last year's playoffs. At the same time, the Clippers are aware of how great the Warriors have been this season. Despite what Rivers said, there have been times where they haven't looked human.