Is the Warriors vs. Clippers rivalry the best rivalry currently in the NBA?

Derek Wizzle
Derek Wizzle
Editor

The heated rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers is one of the best rivalries in the NBA right now. Are these two Western Conference teams the best rivalry in the NBA?

These two teams face each other again on Thursday night on TNT. Both teams are very talented and despise each other. Fans can expect plenty of pushing and shoving as well as a few technicals tomorrow night.

The last time they played, Blake Griffin and Draymond Green went at each other and then Chris Paul went after Andrew Bogut when the game ended. Which team is better?

If this isn't the best rivalry in the league, then I believe the Heat and the Pacers are. What do you think?

Steve Ausburne
Steve Ausburne
Editor

I don't think it is quite there yet as far as rivalries go. If they both can have lasting success and even win a championship, then I think it can take off. I am all for the idea of a NorCal vs. SoCal rivalry and those exist in some form regardless of team success, but I think overall rivalries don't have the same meaning in the NBA as they do in other sports.

Michelle Mink
Michelle Mink
Senior Columnist

In today's sports environment we don't see athletes staying with teams for many years and building up animosity toward one another through many regular season match-ups and playoff meetings. True rivalries seem to have elements of geography and playing for conference championships that carries thru to the fan base. I like the Clippers/Warriors battles because there is a geographical aspect to it and both teams are competitive. The Heat/Pacers stems from the playoffs last year, so don't see that as a real rivalry.

@Aditya Trivedi OKC vs the Heat will be a good game tonight on ESPN

Aidan Reese
Aidan Reese
Columnist

Both of these teams will be in the playoffs picture for years to come. I agree with @Steve Ausburne that we're not really at "rivalry" status, but all it takes is a good couple playoff series to crank that up a notch. We could easily get that this year if GS leapfrogs the Suns (likely) and the Clippers pass the Blazers (less likely with Paul out).

Asa Beal
Asa Beal
Senior Analyst

Great to see the Warriors with some muscle up front in Green and Bogut who can play enforcers and provide a physical edge. The Clipper bigs seem more easily rattled. Hope to see the Dubs push em around a little tomorrow night.

The West is such a clusterfudge right now. There are no easy playoff series. I do hope we see these two go at it in the playoffs as @Aidan Reese said. Either way, it's a brutal gauntlet to run. I still like the Warriors more than LAC to make a deep playoff run.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

Boston and LA are both non contenders, I feel like the Spurs are too old to are about rivalries, so this is definitely up there.

They already both hate each other as David Lee and Andrew Bogut constantly fight with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. I'd say the OKC-Miami rivalry is something to watch because Kevin Durant and Lebron James are eons ahead of everyone right now.

Indiana and Miami is also always a great rivalry to see.

Derek Wizzle
Derek Wizzle
Editor

@Aditya Trivedi OKC vs the Heat will be a good game tonight on ESPN. I hope Durant gets 40 again.

Indiana will see Miami again the Eastern Finals probably. The pacers are definitely not afraid of the Heat.

I think teams that hate each other makes for a great rivalry and as you said, they hate each other! It's too bad Chris Paul is out tomorrow but it is good for Curry though.

Jeff Powers
Jeff Powers
Columnist

I think this a good rivalry but not a great one yet. I've always believed that when teams meet in the playoffs and battle for a series are they are finally rivals. Until this happens, I don't think this matchup is there yet.

Josh Miller
Josh Miller
Senior Columnist

It can't be the best yet because they haven't met in the playoffs yet. So Indy/Miami is better and maybe even OKC/Miami just because of leBron vs. Durant. But, the Clippers/Warriors matchups are very entertaining and will continue to be for awhile. The Warriors really get up for those games especially at home, which is frustrating because they lose to Denver and Minnesota at home, then beat Portland, and just lost again to Washington at home. They are not as good as they think they are yet and certainly play down to their competition, and think they can just turn it on in the second half. They aren't that team yet and that won't fly against the Clippers tomorrow night, even without Chris Paul.

Gorev Ahuja
Gorev Ahuja
Senior Columnist

Definitely have to agree with others that Miami and Indiana right now is probably the best rivalry in the NBA because they meet in the playoffs. The Warriors Clippers rivalry is slowly becoming a good one, but to be a true rivalry they have to play each other in the playoffs. On that I do believe that the Clippers and Warriors players do not like each other.

Derek Wizzle
Derek Wizzle
Editor

@Josh Miller They lost the Wizards game because they were thinking about the Clippers game. The Warriors are so inconsistent but that is because they are young. Harrison Barnes is having a disappointing sophomore year.

@Gorev Ahuja They hate each other so much that they don't even have Bible study before the game together as other teams do around the league!!!

Mark Bruty
Mark Bruty
Analyst

I think there are a couple of better rivalries in the league right now. The Thunder vs Heat is a great one and also the Thunder / Clippers gets fiery!

Taj Griffin
Taj Griffin
Analyst

I wouldn't say golden state has any rivals, you have to be good first and golden state is barely hanging on to that 7th seed.

Max Yavel
Max Yavel
Analyst

In a few months the Pacers and Heat will face off in the playoffs for the third straight season. Golden State vs. LAC is definitely something to watching in the future, but the only true rivalry right now is MIA/IND.