Trans. Mar 14 1:22 ET (Mar 14 1:22 ET ) OAKLAND -- Two days after his postgame confrontation with Blake Griffin in a hallway at Staples Center, Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal explained that he was attempting to clear a personal dispute with the Clippers star. "It was some things that were said," O'Neal said after the team's Friday morning shootaround, "and in this league you want to put clearance to it.
Programming note: Warriors-Cavaliers coverage tips off Friday at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (territory restrictions apply) LOS ANGELES Veteran center Jermaine O'Neal late Wednesday night became the latest Warrior to take issue with abrasive Clippers star Blake Griffin. There was a heated exchange between the two in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 111-98 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center. Before things turned physical, O'Neal's teammates and coaching staff pulled him away from the beef that took place near the Los Angeles bench.
OAKLAND In the first of three games that will have direct bearing on the Western Conference standings, the Warriors played small and still stood tall. With matchups forcing centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal to the bench in the second half, the Warriors accelerated at both ends to take a 113-107 victory over the talented and relentless Suns on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. During a third quarter in which Bogut played four minutes and O'Neal never left the bench, the Warriors outscored Phoenix 38-17 to pretty much take over the game. A late Suns rally narrowed the score, but the Warriors had built too much cushion to give back.
Jermaine O'Neal scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and one block in 19 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Hawks.
The Scoop:The Warriors rolled in this game and O'Neal did his damage against a reeling Hawks team with no depth. Unless your league has a category for postgame interviews, he can be ignored in most formats.
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Friday's morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over .500? Only veterans Jermaine O'Neal, Steve Blake and Andre Iguodala raised their hands. With so many home games remaining, the opportunity in front of the Warriors is rare. Golden State took another step forward Friday night by easing past the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 for its third straight win.