While the play-in tournament classic between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday was a competitive one, it was also mostly cordial. Yes, even if LeBron “Three-Rim” James got poked in the eye by Draymond Green and responded with an Eff You game-winning nuclear bomb in the face of Stephen Curry.

But despite their three-point loss, the efforts of Curry and Green didn't go unnoticed. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard praised Green, eloquently calling him a MF'er. The Warriors tandem was so good, even the Lakers couldn't help but shower appreciation.

Lakers veteran Jared Dudley saluted Curry and Green on Twitter, calling them the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. He also said they gave the Lakers a true acid test in their nail-biting, mind-numbing game.

Those are definitely welcome comments from Dudley, who's one of the most respected locker room leaders in the NBA. The outspoken forward didn't play against the Warriors, but safe to assume he made his presence felt from the bench.

Dudley has had his fair share of intense battles in the postseason during his days with the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers, and of course, helped the Lakers win the title last season. So clearly, he knows what he's talking about when it comes to Curry and Green.

Other NBA veterans have lamented that the league has become too chummy these days, with players dapping up each other and professing admiration. While there's value in the argument, it's also always nice to see opponents pay respect to one another. And for sure, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green appreciate Jared Dudley's remarks.