The Golden State Warriors play the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night, bringing the Warriors back to the site of their 2018 NBA championship celebration for the first time since June.
Back in 2016, when Golden State visited Cleveland after winning its first title, Steph Curry said he hoped the locker room still smelled like champagne. That didn’t sit too well with the Cavaliers at the time, so naturally Draymond Green has taken this occasion to poke the bear again.
The Warriors forward, who is not playing during Golden State’s road trip due to a toe injury, nevertheless couldn’t resist the opportunity to revisit the location of two of his team’s title-clinching wins, trolling Cleveland in the process.
As for how the champagne smell got out, the Cavaliers upgraded their opposing locker room this summer, so this is the first time the Dubs have seen how the familiar confines of the locker room at Quicken Loans Arena has changed. The last time we heard from Draymond on this subject, he was encouraging Cavaliers fans to follow through on a parade they had planned in honor of Tristan Thompson allegedly punching Green in the face at an ESPYs after-party over the summer.
Although the Warriors are sitting one game back of first place in the Western Conference and seem well-poised to return to the Finals for the fifth consecutive year, that trip likely won’t take them to Cleveland, where the Cavaliers have sputtered to 5-18 in the post-LeBron James era. Cleveland is firmly in rebuilding phase, but that hasn’t stopped Golden State from bringing up fond memories from the rivalry that dominated the NBA for four seasons.
When even mild-mannered Klay Thompson is calling the Cavaliers “idiots” for their infamous Halloween party decorations two years ago, it was only a matter of time before Green entered the fray. The Cavaliers probably don’t have much of a chance in their upcoming game (Golden State is favored by 11), but you can bet Thompson will at least be ready to go.