The tension between the sides led up to a heated moment between Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson during the moments immediately following the Cavs heartbreaking Game 1 loss. This bad blood seeped over into the offseason as the two reportedly got into a physical altercation during the ESPY’s after party on July 18.
“Again, the two separated before a full altercation could ensue. Several NBA stars, among them LeBron and Kevin Durant, intervened. They were reminded this wasn’t that type of party.”
ESPN’s Pablo Torre also confirmed the fight between Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson, saying that his sources tell him the scuffle wasn’t one-sided and that Green had been egging Thompson on all night with snide remarks.
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Since their first Finals showdown in 2015, it has been apparent there is no love lost between the two sides. The physical play styles of Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson also certainly make for a higher chance of animosity between the forward pair.
In fact, a particular Cavs fan is even celebrating the recent physical clash between the two. Cleveland fan Conor McKenney has organized a parade on Facebook in Thompson’s honor for punching Green. The event has since gone viral, only heaping on the attention to their latest run-in.
Though the Cavaliers figure to be much less competitive next season following the departure of LeBron James, the faceoffs between them and the Warriors will still be must-watch television.