Klay: Warriors didn't stoop to Cavs' level of 'childish' Halloween antics
After overcoming a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit against the Golden State Warriors last season to capture the franchise's first championship, LeBron James hosted a Halloween party featuring decor and food trolling the Dubs.
Thompson, 26, said at the time he failed to see the humor in the cookies designed to look like tombstones for him and teammate Stephen Curry.
He wasn't done there, though. He found all the shots at the Warriors - from the "3-1 lead" baubles to the Curry dummy that guests walked over - to be rude and, quite frankly, immature.
"It's obviously not respectful," Thompson recently told Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. " ... They can do that childish stuff. It doesn't matter to us. All we've got to do is handle it on the court, you know?"
The All-Star shooting guard noted his squad didn't stoop that low when it defeated Cleveland to win the title in 2015.
"I mean when we won the championship, though, we didn't do some stuff like that. But that's OK. People are built differently," Thompson said.
In their first meeting this season, the Cavs came from behind to snatch a one-point win over the Warriors on Christmas Day at The Q, marking their fourth consecutive victory over the first-place team dating back to the Finals. Thompson said the Halloween antics weren't mentioned during the contest, "but shoot, it might have (to)."
More important than clearing the air on that, though, is how the Warriors approach their ensuing matchups with their East rivals, who they host Monday at Oracle. The sixth-year guard said he thinks his team needs to "play with more of an edge," and perhaps the Halloween shenanigans can serve as a little extra motivation.
"I'm not going to hold it against them," Thompson said. "I'm just going to go out there, and we just want to beat them down next time we see them. That's how it is. Hold that in the memory bank, and just remember that they do that stuff …
"It's a good rivalry, and it's good for the NBA. It makes it more fun, you know? It's rare in pro sports you get rivalries like this, so we enjoy it, and we embrace it."
Embrace it, we have. Many (including oddsmakers) expect the two powerhouses - which lead their respective conferences - will duke it out for the Larry O'Brien for the third consecutive year.
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