Mavericks-Clippers rivalry intensifies with comical social media drama

Dallas Mavericks, P.J. Washington, Daniel Gafford
Dallas Mavericks, P.J. Washington, Daniel Gafford / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday night, the Dallas Mavericks went up 2-1 against the LA Clippers after an incredible home win that was undoubtedly the chippiest game of the series.

P.J. Washington and Russell Westbrook were ejected from the game, and tempers were flaring all night long. These teams don't like each other, and this series has been the most competitive series in the entire Western Conference this playoffs.

The Clippers tied the series at 2-2 with a wild win on Sunday afternoon, and the Mavericks are looking to take a pivotal 3-2 series lead in LA tomorrow to have the chance to close out the series at home.

Mavericks-Clippers rivalry intensifies with comical social media drama

Both teams have immense amounts of pressure on them to succeed in this series, and this team's intense rivalry grew even more on social media after Bones Hyland of the Clippers posted about Washington's stare-down at the Clippers bench from Game 3.

Paul George hit the same pose that Washington did in the Clippers' win on Sunday, and Hyland made sure to post about it. Hyland reposted an image of George and Washington's stare-downs side by side with the caption "it ain't funny when the rabbit got the gun."

This statement is pretty much Hyland going at Washington now that the tables were turned on him, and this intense rivalry continues to grow by the day. Hyland taking to social media to talk trash is quite comical, as he has only played three minutes in the series while Washington has been an X-factor that the Mavs have needed.

In this series, Washington is averaging 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. The Mavs need him to be a bit better offensively, but he has been dynamic on defense in this series and has quickly become a fan favorite due to his fearless style of play.

George copying Washington's pose is all part of the game and shows his competitiveness, and Hyland joining in on the fun is throwing more fuel into the fire to make this rivalry even more fun.

For all the latest on P.J. Washington and the Dallas Mavericks throughout the 2024 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned.