Draymond Green was reminded not to skip leg day as his Golden State Warriors faced the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the first-round series on Sunday.
Green told reporters after the Warriors’ 121-109 victory that the trash talk during the series opener included some remarks from C.J. McCollum about his calf musculature after Green missed a breakaway dunk.
"He told me I need to do more calf raises," Green said (per The Oregonian). "We were talking back-and-forth the entire game, but that's just a part of the game. It's mutual respect both ways. It's fun. You hit a shot, he's talking to us. I hit a shot, I'm talking to them. I miss the dunk; he's telling me I need to do calf raises. It was good back-and-forth. It makes the game a lot more fun, that's for sure."
McCollum joked to reporters he was trying to be helpful.
"Yeah, he does need to do some calf raises so he can dunk," McCollum said (per ESPN.com). "Yeah, it's a game. It's a game we all love. We come out here, represent our teams, representing our hometowns where everybody's from. And where I'm from, if you talk trash, then I'm going to talk trash to you. It's not disrespectful. We're not talking about nobody's mamas or nothing bad.
"But I've known Draymond Green since he was at Michigan State. He was a little chubbier at Michigan State. He's done really well with himself. He's worked hard. If I have something I want to say, I'm going to say it."
Blazers star guard Damian Lillard, who scored 34 points in the Game 1 loss, told ESPN that he finds motivation from Green's constant chatter.
"For me, it's just going to make me raise the level of my game because I take [Green's trash talk] as a challenge," Lillard said. "I'm going to take exception to it, and I'm going to say something back. That's what it's going to be, as long as that's how he's approaching it -- it's going to be coming right back."