Posted December 26, 2013

NBA admits error in ejecting Clippers’ Blake Griffin, fines Warriors’ Draymond Green

2013 NBA on Christmas, Andrew Bogut, Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers
(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport)

Blake Griffin (right) was ejected on Christmas. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport)

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn announced Thursday that Clippers forward Blake Griffin should not have been ejected during the Los Angeles’ 105-103 road loss to the Warriors on Christmas.

Griffin received two technical fouls: the first at the end of the third quarter, and the second, which required an automatic ejection, early in the fourth. On the first foul, Griffin was given a technical for reacting to an elbow from Draymond Green, who was whistled for a flagrant foul. On the second, Griffin was reacting to Andrew Bogut, who had grabbed his jersey. An NBA review determined that Griffin should not have been given the second technical foul and should have remained in the game.

“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” Thorn announced in a statement. “A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”

Additionally, the league office fined Green $15,000 for “failing to leave the court in a timely manner” after he was ejected for delivering an elbow to Griffin’s head and neck area, which drew a Flagrant Foul 2 from game officials. The Flagrant Foul 2 designation applies to contact deemed to be “unnecessary and excessive,” and it carries an automatic ejection. Green departed with zero points (on 0-for-3 shooting) and one assist in eight minutes.

Bogut received a Flagrant Foul 1 when his arm made contact with Griffin’s head as the two players became entangled in the paint.

Griffin’s second technical foul occurred at the 10:42 mark of the fourth quarter. He departed with 20 points (on 8-for-16 shooting), 14 rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes.

“When you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball.”

The Point Forward noted Wednesday that disciplinary action could be coming for Golden State.

“We were kicking their butt, and they went to something else,” L.A. coach Doc Rivers said afterwards, according to the Orange County Register.

Content with the win, Warriors coach Mark Jackson downplayed the on-court messiness, which continues an ongoing rivalry between the two teams.

“We like them, Merry Christmas,” Jackson said. according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s good, old-fashioned ball between two teams playing for something.”

The two teams engaged in further pushing and shoving at the end of the game, with Chris Paul and Bogut setting things off by fighting for control over the ball after Clippers guard Jamal Crawford missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Golden State improved to 16-13 with the win; L.A. dropped to 20-9 with the loss.

There’s been plenty of bad blood between these two teams in recent years. A sample: Griffin and Jackson exchanged words after Griffin stepped on Jackson’s foot; Jackson’s Warriors refused to participate in chapel with the Clippers; Jackson called Griffin a “great actor” back in January; and Kent Bazemore and the Golden State bench goofed off after Griffin missed a three-pointer off the side of the backboard.

45 comments
dmisen
dmisen

When are the refs going to start getting fined for these BS calls? There needs to be some accountability. This is the second time this season a Clipper has been ejected from a game (Barnes was the other) and the next day the league admits it was a mistake and downgrades the foul. Both times it had a direct impact on the outcome of the game. Saying your sorry the next day after affecting the game results isn't good enough!

K.r.Qunynghamm
K.r.Qunynghamm

Griffin is a tough, strong guy, and gets beat on more than people realize. Shaq used to get beat on all the time, but it was hard to tell due to his strength and size. Kareem didn't escape the pounding either. About all BG can really do, is deal with it for the betterment of himself and the team. Take it out on the opponent  by beating them. Fighting won't do much good, as they'll see the tricks get to him and ramp it up even more. Rise above it, my man, rise above it.

JoieMcCaw
JoieMcCaw

I like how Doc says "we were kicking their butt" and went on to lose. Griffin shouldn't have been ejected but he was completely wrong to make the "cowardly" comment. God forbid there's a little wrestling in basketball. Overrated.

RobPassons
RobPassons

Griffin swung back his arm in an attempt to hit bogus in the face. I don't get how none of y'all notice that. Its just a bunch of crybabies who can't handle a loss. Games get rough and part of the game is not losing your cool hence all the teas talking on the court to throw people off their game.

BuzzK
BuzzK

Warrior won and the clippers are all about excuses...was the game ever really more than a couple of points either way? No. Did Paul and Griffin lose their tempers and their poise? YES! Did that help the Warriors win? Who can say? But the Warriors are certainly not the only team that plays physical or talk trash.


Maybe the Clippers should take up Ballet or something a little less manly. The NBA court is no place for hypocritical flopping primadonnas.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

A classless coaching call. Made by a classless coach. Carried out by a classless player!

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Jackson is trying to turn the Warriors into the late 80's/early 90's Bad Boy Pistons. Without the talent or the Bad Boys. 

Ellie
Ellie

Your article claims the Warriors refused to go to chapel with the Clippers.   Both the press and the television announcers during the game have it the other way around - the Clips spurned the Dubs (NBA standard practice) offer of joint chapel and requested a separate time.  Likely they did this to avoid Mark Jackson's preaching - but the Clippers took a spiritual act of communion, turned it into the selfish behavior of spoiled children, and enabled the type of "me-first" cr*p that incited the not-too-bright Blake Griffin.  


Have to say, as well, that Griffin was noticeably grabbing and pushing Green for several minutes before the thrown elbow, and tackled Bogut around the waist, initiating the scrum where he managed to get ejected.  Blake shows up as a bully, Bogut as a thug, Green as a victim, and John Barry as a wuss attempting to "butch-up" for the national TV audience.   

eddie767
eddie767

The one competitive game had the worst officials. Everyone knows if you get under Griffins skin, he'll fold like a baby. This the way Jackson coaches, in close games they grab and hold,but get the calls. I don't fault them, but if fans know this why don't the players?

TheCity
TheCity

As a Warriors fan, I remain unfazed. Warriors routed the Clips 3-1 last season and, unlike the Clips, were able to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.Steph Curry also leads 8-6 in his match ups with CP3. Can't wait til Jan 30th.

Henry62600
Henry62600

It is just unfair. Game cannot be changed.

Fedorg4s
Fedorg4s

If people really want to blame the Warriors and Mark Jackson for Griffin being a baby? He flails and get's tangled up with all his defenders, and he's got mister hot head Barnes there to back him up in his stupidity... I'm not saying Griffin should have been ejected this game, but he's far from innocent and starts a lot of crap he can't finish

JohnDiaz
JohnDiaz

The real losers here were the fans, not just those of the Clippers, but all who watched the only real competitive game of the day.  Keep Griffin in, and the Clippers most likely win going away.  


The Refs should be disciplined, because the replay was obvious that Griffin did not deserve the T and that the Warriors were baiting him.  I was becoming a Warrior fan, of sorts (I'm from New Orleans but constantly have to pull for another team in the playoffs) but they lost me with their cowardly play.

djgranados1
djgranados1

It's pretty obvious at this point that Mark Jackson is instigating this behavior in his players.  Even without two starters the warriors could barely beat the clippers so I can see why his strategy was to try and have Griffin ejected.

DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

Sigh, why can't they make it through an entire article without mis-reporting something? All of what was said was fine enough -- that is, until they got to the Chris Paul stuff after the horn sounded. 


That was 100% Paul's fault, and he admitted it after the game -- but here they are, writing an article the next day, and they're still painting it as some sort of mutual thing between Paul and Andrew Bogut. It wasn't at all that; Bogut was the instigator with Griffin and Griffin shouldn't have been ejected, but that doesn't mean Bogut was equally at fault with Paul. 

NoFairPlayNtheNBA
NoFairPlayNtheNBA

Off topic, why is Lebron allowed to lead with his knee every time he drives the lane and goes up for a dunk?  It's more dangerous than throwing an elbow when rebounding.  Tired of the blatant favoritism for the "king".

nikedunks13
nikedunks13

Who gives a damn about Barnes? He won't change the outcome of a game.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

@BuzzK As a Clipper fan I admit what cp3 did at the end of the game was 100% a Classless punk move and the act of a sore loser! 

Honestly I lost a little respect for cp3 when he did that!

With that being said. Its not as bad as jackson using the tactics he did to get griffin his 2nd tech!

BuzzK
BuzzK

@TylerAllen ^ That's loser talk! Wanna hear more loser talk? "We were kicking their butts..." Doc talking trash about a game that was never more than a couple of points in the lead either way....Clipper: Excuse makers. Warriors: Winners. End of story. No more game time for flops and excuses. 

djgranados1
djgranados1

@Fedorg4s You obviously didn't watch the game or the replays.  Pretty pathetic to defend the warriors behavior on this one.  Sad that they had to resort to this to win.

jazynaz
jazynaz

@JohnDiaz "cowardly play?"  now there's an original thought by you.  obvious blake griffin fan, all the way to using his words as your own.  the W's players did bait him, sure.  griffin isn't without his own noted reputation for a list of questionable tactics he thinks are just fine to inflict on his opponents.  honestly now, am i wrong?  the good players usually have there own patented moves and bait to draw/instigate the other team into angry fouls or jostling matches, etc.

TheCity
TheCity

@JohnDiazThere's nothing cowardly about the Warriors' play. You sound like Doc Rivers who used to encourage physical AND mental games in Boston but now that it's against his team, suddenly can't take it anymore. And you can keep your fandom--no one will miss you. The Warriors fanbase doesn't need any more bandwagoners.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

He is a Classless coach. Plain and Simple!

jazynaz
jazynaz

@djgranados1 of course, we are not forgetting that this stuff happens often, especially between teams that have so much at stake.  players all the time try to slyly gain an advantage, whether physically or mentally, whether it's bending (sometimes breaking) the rules of the game or not.  right or wrong, the final call is the refs, during the game.  after the game, as in this case, the correct call took until today to get it right, by the reviewers.  you could say that if the call was made correctly during the game, with griffin staying in the game, the clippers win.  speculation, we don't know for sure how fate plays out, ever.  sure, we could and probably would guess the clips win.  if griffin had stayed in, maybe he might have sprained an ankle, or anything to any other player.  see my point?  all the articles and reporters, and commenters are speculating, probably toward the team we favor, although as a W's fan, i agree griffin was wrongly ejected.  he wasn't totally innocent in it either.


teams use all kinds of tactics, legal or questionable, to get at/to each other.  some of those work to one teams advantage, some don't.  fortunately for the Warriors, last night they ended up the victors.  (although, i'm sure there will be fines, suspensions, or both to come to the W's) it has worked out the opposite many times, as well, not unlike every other team in the league, including the clippers!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

@DanielSmith2 As a Clipper fan. Bogut was not at fault at all with paul! Pauls grabbing of the ball was 100% a punk move and an act of a sore loser.

With that being said. Its not even close to as classless as jacksons using cowardly tactics to get blake to foul out.  Yes, I expect bogut to say no to jackson and say we can beat these guys with out that. Ya know...How real men play sports. Yet bogut is classless just like his coach!

BuzzK
BuzzK

@TylerAllen For years, the warriors have had to eat it under the bigs of the NBA with the stinking Nellieball. Now that the warriors can play big, physical ball and step down on Blake and other forceful power forwards and centers, people don't like it. They are used to watching the Warriors get stepped on. Too bad. 


Classless? What do you know about the warriors huddle and what Jackson said? Nothing. I thought Griffin initiated under the boards and he was losing his temper, ready to swing.


Classless is the NBA throwing a ref under the bus for a good call.    

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

@BuzzK I have no problem losing. The warriors beat us fair multiple times last year and it was all good.  Though this go around the resorted to Classless Cowardly No ethics basketball to win. If you warriors are ok with that then fine!

Though if things were the other way around, then i'd feel the same about the clippers and doc! 

TheCity
TheCity

@djgranados1@Fedorg4sAnd YOU obviously have no idea who Andrew Bogut is. Psychological play is just as much a part of his game, ala KG. Griffin's mentally small and got himself in trouble after already having a tech on him. I agree he shouldn't have been ejected but to act like he would've gotten Clips the W is ridic. Warriors have won 5 out of the last 7 games vs Clippers (where Griffin was on the floor the whole time) and Clips were only leading by 2 at the half. This is a pretty even contest between these two teams and Warriors don't need to "resort" to anything to win.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Just cause it has been done before does not make it any less classless or cowardly!


BuzzK
BuzzK

@TylerAllen You don't know what the hell you are talking about. Maybe it was Bogut's idea to get inside Griffin's head. Maybe Griffin and Paul both need to grow up. Same with you shooting your mouth off about stuff you have no idea about.

dmisen
dmisen

@BuzzK @TylerAllen That wasn't 'good hard ball'. That was a clear foul by Bogut, although I think the result should have been a T on Bogut, no call on Blake and lets play on. I didn't see a flagrant on that play. I'll admit Blake had Bogut wrapped with his arm while fighting for position, but that happens a lot throughout a game. I'm sure it had happened both ways all game. Greens was a clear flagrant. 


As I commented above, I'm tired of refs making bad calls that change games and then get overturned the next day by the league. Happening a lot this year. 

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

I'm not going to say the clippers would of won if griffin stayed. Rather the warriors needed to resort to it or not, they still did!

Also KG. Are we talking about the guy who talked about wifes and brings up dead mothers on mothers day?! Yup hes a classless guy too! An all time great, but classless non the less!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Obviously...I did watch the game! Griffin did loose his cool. Though he did nothing to warrant a tech either time. Secondly i'm not whining. Just stating the fact the warriors have a classless coach! More than clippers fans would agree! Very much looking forward to the next 2 meetings!

BuzzK
BuzzK

@TylerAllen Griffin lost his temper and his cool. And his fans can whine about it all they want. Warriors win, Clippers LOSE!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

I handled the 3 butt kickings the warriors handed us last season just fine! The beat us straight up with out resorting to classless tactics. That was not the case this go around!

BuzzK
BuzzK

@TylerAllen He needs to control his excuse making. The clippers were not kicking butts either. Doc should shut his mouth and take the L like a man, not whine like a B.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

& yes both griffin and paul need to grow up!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Guess Doc lied about what he heard on the sideline then! W/e even back in his player days he was dirty. Just an un-ethical dude!