Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams posted a message to Instagram on Wednesday referencing his run-in with Houston Rockets rookie guard Troy Daniels at the end of Portland's Game 4 win on Sunday.
"I hope my tactic with the rook works," Williams wrote. "He hitting every damn shot. I think I got in his head. We will see. [Thanks] to the media for helping me out."
The two players had to be separated as they left the court.
Williams refused to address the incident during his post-game comments, saying: "I don't know. I don't know. I went to the locker room."
Jason Quick of The Oregonian reported that Williams was similarly oblique in a follow-up interview.
"He know what he did. He know what he did,'' Williams said, giving no details. "I'll leave it at that.''
But Williams didn't leave it at that.
"I think it's ... you know, the playoffs. Trust me, we all basketball player, so when we cross that other line, you know, everything is on the court. All the emotion, all that intensity is on the court. Because the crazy part about this league is we might be teammates one day, and I might be going to battle with him just like I'm going with (my team) now.''
Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reported that Daniels wasn't sure what he had done.
Daniels wouldn't share what was said, adding he doesn't know what he did to provoke Williams.
"I didn't even guard him in the game," Daniels said. "I guess it's just playoff basketball."
Although Daniels isn't sure what he did to upset Williams, he said the postgame exchange fired him up.
"It motivates the whole team," Daniels said. "I just have to try to do what I do, not try to go out there and get back at Mo Williams. Go out there and try to get the win."
Daniels, a a late-season addition for the Rockets who spent most of the year in the D-League, hit a decisive three-pointer to lift Houston to a Game 3 victory.
The Blazers and Rockets are set to play Game 5 at the Toyota Center on Wednesday. Portland leads the series 3-1 and is seeking its first postseason series victory since 2000.
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