A day after the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry told the Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul “this ain’t 2014 no more” during the Warriors’ 123-112 win March 13, Curry’s teammate Draymond Green, who knows a thing or two about trash talk, gave the 3-point king his seal of approval on his podcast.
“Steph had [Paul] below the break; he hit him with a couple of moves and got an amazing and-1,” Green said on the “The Draymond Green Show.” “And if you read his lips, he got up and he said, ‘This ain’t 2014 no more.’ And I appreciated the bar by Steph Curry because you gotta dig into that comment. That’s pretty much saying that ‘the last time you were better than me since 2014.’ That was nine years ago. Like this haven’t been a debate since 2014. Nine years ago? That’s almost a decade. That’s a bar. So I just hope that those that enjoy that part of the game, which I do, that you appreciated that bar.”
On the play, halfway through the second quarter, Curry drove past Paul on the baseline and finished through contact to get the basket and the foul. It was the biggest highlight of the night for Curry, who finished with an efficient 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from deep. Curry, who turned 35 on March 14 (happy birthday!), and the Warriors never really looked back (aside from a slight scare in the third quarter) as they coasted to victory.
Chris Paul Responds to Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s Trash Talk
Paul was asked about what Curry had said to him after the game at Chase Center.
“S***, I don’t know what happened in 2014,” he said, according to AZCentral’s Duane Rankin. “Y’all tell me. 2014, that was like nine years ago. What happened?”
Phoenix’s point guard then pivoted to a different time in his relationship with Curry, ahead of the four-time NBA champion’s rookie year.
Paul, 37, did remember one thing about his history with Curry, though.
“(Back in 2009), he spent the whole summer with me and my family,” Paul said. “You know what I mean? So, I know about 2009. But 2014, what was that? That was my third year with the Clippers? I don’t know. If y’all got time, go ask him,” Paul added.
Warriors’ Stephen Curry Breaks Down Chris Paul Trash Talk
Reporters took Paul’s advice and later caught up with Golden State’s baby-faced assassin.
Curry explained to the media that the competitive flare came from a place of love.
“It’s all competition,” Curry said. “You play against somebody for so many years, and the love I got for him because of our history and all that. It’s just competition back and forth. Give it and take it.”
After their March 13 victory over Phoenix, Golden State inched a bit closer to the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They sit just 1.5 games in back of the Suns with 13 games still left to play.
Clinching the fourth seed would give home-court advantage in the first round to the Warriors, who are just 7-26 on the road this year.
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