Klay Thompson defends Jordan Poole, says Warriors play game 'right way'

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Klay defends Poole, says Warriors play game the 'right way' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The war of words between the Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies ratchets up with each passing game of the Western Conference semifinals, and it appears the dialogue has reached a boiling point.

The teams traded barbs on Twitter and through the media after the Warriors' 142-112 win over the Grizzlies in Game 3 on Saturday night at Chase Center.

Late in Game 3, Ja Morant suffered an apparent right knee injury after getting tied up with Jordan Poole.

Poole briefly grabbed Morant's knee, and after the game, the Grizzlies were pretty heated about the incident. Morant even tweeted -- then deleted -- video of the play with the caption "broke the code."

Klay Thompson wasn't having it with the Grizzlies' insinuations that Poole tried to hurt Morant.

"That's definitely playoff talk," Thompson said. "I mean, me personally, I've been through a tough knee injury and I don't think there was any malicious intent from Jordan. I don't even think he's strong enough to affect somebody's knee. But we're not out there trying to hurt people or trying to club people in the back of the head on a fastbreak. We play the game the right way. I'm going to have his back because ... he's not ... no."

The last part of Thompson's comment refers to the Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 called on Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks early in Game 2 when he hit Gary Payton II from behind on a fastbreak. Payton came down hard, fracturing his left elbow while also sustaining ligament damage. Brooks was suspended for Game 3.

Poole defended himself after the game, saying that it was a "basketball play," while Draymond Green said he wasn't going to go "tit for tat" with Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins.

The series between the Warriors and Grizzlies is as spicy as it gets and there are at least two more games remaining in the series, with the possibility of four more.

Get your popcorn ready for Game 4 on Monday.

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