It’s a long-standing tradition for Christians on both teams to have chapel together. Each NBA arena offers this service to the players, and there is usually one time and one room.
That wasn’t the case Thursday.
According to multiple sources, the Warriors were surprisingly given a separate, earlier, time for their own chapel services. The Clippers held their own private chapel.
“Man, they don’t want to have chapel with us?” one team source asked. “I never heard that before, but OK.”
The bad blood between the Clippers and Warriors extend back to last season, when Golden State took 3 of 4 against Los Angeles. One of the biggest victories of the last season was an upset of the Clippers at Staples Center in the third game of the season. It was the game after Brandon Rush was lost for the season with a knee injury, and the Warriors responded with a spirited performance.
The Clippers took exception to the Warriors’ celebration antics.
Once, the Warriors bench went crazy laughing at Blake Griffin clanking a 3-pointer off the side of the backboard in Oracle. Another time, a few Clippers expressed dislike of Curry’s galloping down court after a big three-pointer late in another win.
Several members of the Warriors organization took that as a continuation of last year’s heated rivalry.