But Coach Tim Cone himself stated that this series will not going to be a friendly match. See the official statements below.
We are sister teams but we are not friendly - Cone, see list of statementsFor Cone, yes they are sister teams, but when it comes to the fight there is no such sister team word. See his official statement below.
“It certainly got chippy,” said Cone. “I think you’re going to see that the whole series. It’s funny. We are sister teams but we are not friendly. We are not friendly with them at all."
He also stated that SMB is like a mountain to conquer, see his statement below:
“We see them as the mountain to be conquered, and they see us as a threat to their throne, as a main threat to their throne so there is no love lost between the two teams,” said Cone. “Hopefully, we achieve the same high level of results.
He also said that:
“Right now, their results are higher than ours. You’ll continue to see that series as chippy. I don’t think it’s going to be lay down for the other team. It’s going to come hard.
Cone on testy finals: 'We're sister teams but we aren't friendly'
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