New Orleans before their first-round series against the Warriors continued to make reference to the “scrimmage” that the Warriors apparently spoke of before their game last week that ended up being a springboard for the Pelicans.
“Let’s go ahead and get this scrimmage,” a voice in the Pelicans locker room can be heard saying Wednesday, prompting laughter as New Orleans celebrated clinching the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference following a win against San Antonio.
“Shirts and skins scrimmage,” the Pelicans’ Quincy Pondexter added.
The comments seemed to be in reference to New Orleans star Anthony Davis saying in a television interview after the Pelicans’ 103-100 win against the Warriors, “They came out and said, ‘This is going to be a scrimmage game.’ We kind of took personal.”
Warriors forward Draymond Green tweeted the day after the loss, “hmmmmmm nah actually wasn’t me… U wish you knew who it was Tho.”
And minutes before retweeting the latest “scrimmage” comment out of the Pelicans locker room, Warriors big man Marreese Speights wrote, “Haha them boys better watch what they say.”
To the Warriors, the original talk of the game last week being a “scrimmage” was literally a joke.
“In reference to the comments Anthony Davis made when we played them last, it was a joke between the ball boy and one of our guys,” Warriors center Andrew Bogut wrote in his NBA Australia column.
“The ball boy took it seriously and ran off to the Pelicans locker room and let them know.
“We know now that when we play them again, we won’t have any ball boys in the locker room again (because of that).
“It was just and tongue-in-cheek comment, having a bit of fun and they took it a little seriously.
“From Anthony Davis’ point of view, you can understand why he was motivated by those comments, but he didn’t understand the context of the conversation.”