OAKLAND, Calif. — The first-round playoff matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers is almost certain to be a high-scoring series, and it also appears it will be a trash-talking series.
Warriors forward Draymond Green, known for being verbally provocative, had a few verbal confrontations with Trail Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in Game 1 on Sunday afternoon, and all three players welcome it.
“For me, it’s just going to make me raise the level of my game because I take [Green’s trash talk] as a challenge,” Lillard said after his team’s 121-109 loss. “I’m going to take exception to it, and I’m going to say something back. That’s what it’s going to be, as long as that’s how he’s approaching it — it’s going to be coming right back.”
It started near the end of the first quarter when Lillard attacked the basket for a dunk attempt and was rejected by Warriors reserve big man JaVale McGee. However, the officials called McGee for a personal foul.
The Warriors were outraged, believing it was a clean block. As Lillard walked to the free throw line, Green uttered some words, and the two jawed back and forth during the entire free throw trip.
“I think having a guy like that on the floor, I think it raises the level of the game, because I don’t even talk trash, and he was saying so much out there that I had a whole lot to say tonight,” Lillard said of Green.
In the fourth quarter, Green dribbled the ball the length of the court and elevated for a dunk. However, he muffed the jam and the ball sailed out of bounds.
McCollum, who was seen grinning, took it upon himself to give Green a taste of his own trash-talking medicine.
“Yeah, he told me I need to do more calf raises,” Green revealed. “No, we were talking back and forth the entire…