Iman Shumpert intensifies rivalry between Cavs and Warriors with bold guarantee

After playing against each other in the Finals for the last two years, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are developing a bit of a rivalry. The two teams are hoping they can settle the rubber match by facing off against each other for the third straight time. And if that actually happens, Draymond Green will be ready as he wants to "annihilate" the Cavs.

The Cavaliers, though, feel the same way. Iman Shumpert, in particular, who is not at all fazed by Green's choice of words as he believes the Cavs will dominate the Warriors.

From Shumpert's interview with Complex:

Draymond Green said in a recent interview that if the Warriors win the West Conference and the Cavs win East Conference, he wants to "annihilate" you guys in the Finals.

He should. We supposed to hate them, and they supposed to hate us. It's OK. They supposed to take cheap shots at us. They're gonna hate us, fam. That's what sports is. It's great. I love every bit of it. I'm glad he said that 'cause we gon' bust they ass, too. You need to type that up: We gon' bust your ass. Period.

Shumpert can talk the talk since the Cavaliers came back from a 3-1 deficit against a record-setting 73 win Warriors team last season to win the NBA title. The Cavs are also playing excellent basketball this season and have a firm hold on the No. 1 seed in the East.

Of course while the expectation is that the Warriors and Cavaliers will meet in the Finals, it is not guaranteed. The season is just a month old and anything could happen throughout the course of the year. But with Green and Shumpert already talking trash, starting with their highly anticipated Christmas Day matchup, both regular-season games between these two juggernauts should be quite intense to say the least.

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Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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