Draymond Green and Dillon Brooks continued their feud following a well-timed matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
The days before the game had been dominated by the two players trading barbs, most notably on Green's podcast as he responded to criticism from Brooks.
Green's rant concluded: "Next time you speak up on me, I hope you're in a better situation than you're in now, where the guys you play with actually enjoy playing with you, because they actually think you're contributing to winning.
"Because it ain't happening right now, champ. Ah – you're not a champ. You're a clown. It ain't happening for you."
Brooks was able to respond on the court on Thursday as he led a Grizzlies team still missing Ja Morant to a 131-110 victory over the Warriors.
But Green again had a riposte, saying: "Anybody can win in March. Anybody can win in March. What does that mean? I have a hard time getting out of my bed in March. What's a game in March mean?"
There was a flash point late in the second quarter when the pair bumped chests, yet Green said he would not be "baited" by Brooks.
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In the eyes of the Warriors man, this is still not a game that means more than any other.
"One team has to win [a championship] and then another team has to win," Green said. "That's what creates a rivalry.
"Not because one team gets up for you and talks like they can beat you and then not. That doesn't create a rivalry.
"Rivalries are created by you win, I win. Clearly, we've won four times, and I think their organisation has zero championships, so I can't consider that a rivalry."
Still, Brooks disagreed, adding: "They don't ever forget. When they won the championship, they were talking about us.
"They don't ever forget who the Memphis Grizzlies are. They get up and they can't wait to play us."