The Phoenix Suns were having a field day on offense against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. To rub it in, Suns forward Mikal Bridges taunted Klay Thompson after connecting on a 3-point shot in front of the Warriors' bench.
During that contest, things got chippy between the two shooting guards, leading to Thompson flashing four fingers to Booker as if to boast his championships.
After the match, Booker had nothing but nice words for his rival, chalking up their confrontation to their competitiveness.
"I love Klay Thompson; I have for a really long time," Booker said. "But that doesn't excuse us from being competitive and talking to each other. I've always admired his game, how he plays on both sides of the ball, and obviously, the rings speak for themselves.”
Some people around the league had marked the date of the Warriors-Suns rematch to see if things would escalate again between Booker and Thompson.
It seems, though, that it was Bridges who was eyeing a payback for his teammate.
Of course, Thompson had the right to bring his metaphorical rings to his argument with one of the best guards in the Western Conference. But it would have been nice if the five-time All-Star could back his words up with strong performances.
Ever since Golden State's first bout with Phoenix, Thompson has shot just 33.6% from the field and 32.5% from downtown. His inefficiency from the field has contributed to the Warriors' mediocre play this season. After the loss to the Suns on Wednesday, the team will fall further in the standings with a 6-9 record.
Are the Warriors' dream of a title repeat in shambles? Perhaps, especially if Steph Curry has to go "Steph Carry" mode and can't get little help from the supporting cast. Clearly, the other Splash Brother has to play better.