If you didn’t hear Memphis Grizzlies’ Tony Allen shouting “FIRST TEAM, ALL DEFENSE” during their Game 2 win over the Golden State Warriors, then you didn’t watch the game at all.

But did Allen’s actions get in the head of Klay Thompson?

Thompson, of course, says no.

Via CSN Bay Area:

Asked about that notion after practice Thursday, Thompson went silent, wincing and rolling his eyes. […] “You know what I think now? That’s all I’ve got to say,” he finally said. “In my head? Come on, man.”

Which is not to say Thompson’s skull has not been a hive of activity. For a full 36 hours, he rewound and reviewed his unsatisfying individual performance in Tuesday night’s Game 2 loss to Memphis. […] “We showed him a few things on tape, just like we showed everybody,” coach Steve Kerr said Thursday, after the team spent more than two hours studying video and practicing on the court.

He stands corrected. Thompson realizes he too often forgot about the principles of the offense, the flowing ball movement and the crisp, basic passes. He was chief among the Warriors caught up in one-on-one action, trying to make something good happen, rather than allow something great to develop. […] “That’s what I saw today watching film,” Thompson said. “So in the future, just make the simple play.”


Los Angeles Clippers guard Matt Barnes seemingly went too far when he reportedly made comments about James Harden’s mum … TO JAMES HARDEN

Did it happen here??


Rockets coach Kevin McHale says that the short-tempered Clippers player went too far.

Via the Houston Chronicle:

“I heard about some of that stuff,” McHale said. “You don’t say anything to someone’s (mother). I never thought of talking bad about Magic (Johnson’s) mother. It’s hard enough talking crap to Magic. We all talk smack, but nothing like that last night. That thought never even crossed your mind. […] I honestly don’t know what happened. I wasn’t there. I didn’t get a chance to talk to James’ mother about it. From what I heard, that’s just not right. I came from an era everybody talked smack. There was a lot of stuff going on. But not like that. It was much more, ‘I’m going to kick your (butt).’ What are you going to say about that. Then you went from there.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who has long conversed with fans on the road and has through the first two games of the series, said he heard about Barnes’ comments on Thursday, describing them as inappropriate.

“I didn’t hear about that until (Thursday) morning,” Rivers said. “I have found Houston to pretty much be fun. They are loud. They get on you, but in a nice way. So as long as you keep it that way, you should. But I don’t think you should ever get involved in an exchange. That’s not basketball.”