Posted December 26, 2013

After Christmas ejection, Clippers’ Blake Griffin accuses Warriors of ‘cowardly’ play

2013 NBA on Christmas, Andrew Bogut, Ben Golliver, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers

The Warriors’ 105-103 Christmas Day victory over the Clippers got chippy in the second half, resulting in multiple flagrant fouls, two ejections and some biting post-game comments from Blake Griffin.

The drama began at the end of the third quarter, when Golden State forward Draymond Green was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 for elbowing Griffin in the head and neck area. The Flagrant Foul 2 designation applies for 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.

Griffin also received a technical foul on the play for taking exception to the contact.

Shortly thereafter, Griffin received a second technical foul for his role in a scrap with Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who 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 required an automatic ejection 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.”

L.A.’s frustration is understandable here, as Golden State players instigated both exchanges and twice contacted Griffin in or around the head area. It’s possibly, if not likely, that further sanctions in the form of a fine and/or suspension will result from the two flagrant foul plays by Golden State. Griffin isn’t totally innocent, as he did respond twice, but it’s tough to tell a player to avoid any type of reaction when shots are being taken towards his head and when his jersey is wrapped up by his opponent.

“We were kicking their butt, and they went to something else,” Clippers 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 Clippers and Warriors engaged in further pushing and shoving at the game’s conclusion, with Chris Paul and Bogut setting things off by fighting for control over the ball after Jamal Crawford missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.

Again, it’s possible that further sanctions, in the form of a fine or a suspension, could result from that incident, as Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson and a number of players and coaches from both teams became involved before cooler heads prevailed.

The real hero in the game-ending fisticuffs was Kent Bazemore, who displayed excellent hopping skills on his way off the court.

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Klay Thompson (10-for-22 shooting) and David Lee (10-for-20 shooting) led Golden State with 23 points each. Bogut added 10 points (on 5-for-8 shooting) and 14 rebounds.

Paul tallied a game-high 26 points (on 9-for-20 shooting) and 11 assists in the loss. Jamal Crawford added 19 points (on 9-for-21 shooting) for L.A.

The Warriors improved to 16-13 with the win; the Clippers dropped to 20-9 with the loss.

As noted in The Point Forward’s Christmas Day preview, there’s been plenty of bad blood between the 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 Bazemore and the Warriors’ bench goofed off after Griffin missed a three-pointer off the side of the backboard.

53 comments
81emanu
81emanu

man i hate the Warriors but i think Blake and the clippers should not of said nothing or do any thing  but let that fire burn and that be a lesson  come  jan 30 they better get that payback . like kobe said don't talk just get ready for the payback plus people who are silent will have some one edge more then some one who talk trash or loud ...just my opinion  

BuzzK
BuzzK

Classless whining by classless losers. Clippers  and their fans should play basketball more and worry about PR less.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

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

stevegreen
stevegreen

Refereeing 101 on any level is do not allow a team to target a stud on the other team with rough play. No way Griffin should have been ejected. More so in the NBA where it is half entertainment and half B ball. Maybe the refs were telling the league they want to spend the holidays with their families?


djgranados1
djgranados1

Why would the clippers want to have chapel with the warriors?  They're obviously classless hypocrites who don't practice what they preach.  I certainly wouldn't attend any sort of church with members who act like the warriors.

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.  Sadly warrior fans are just as classless as their team.

DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

Yeah, this article is...a little messy. I'm a Warriors fan, first of all, so keep that in mind when I say...

Draymond Green definitely should have been ejected. I do not at all believe, given Griffin's history, that he did not do something earlier to Green that caused this reaction -- but regardless, it was the wrong reaction, and Green should have been tossed with no Griffin technical. 


The play with Bogut was simple -- no, Griffin was NOT innocent, but he also did not warrant a technical, here. Griffin started it all by wrapping his arms around Bogut's waist, and Bogut reacted by grabbing jersey. Was Griffin's grab onerous? I don't think so, but there cannot be a doubt that it occurred; and again, who knows what Griffin had done prior to that to make Bogut feel he needed to wrap Griffin up. That being said, wrong reaction by Bogut, but Griffin did not put his hands in the air and attempt to walk away -- he tangled himself further with Bogut. 


So, Griffin = not innocent, I don't believe, but he also should have been able to stay in the game and finish it, assuming nothing else happened. That being said, those wanting to assume a Clipper victory are simply off-base; the Warriors beat the Clippers 3 of 4 last season, and aren't exactly the Bucks or Kings. 


The other things are, if we are calling the Warriors out of line for the things they did (and yes on Draymond, somewhat on Bogut), then let us call Doc Rivers absolutely ridiculous for his asinine comments about how the game was going before the stuff started (it was essentially even, Doc, learn to read a scoreboard), and then call out Chris Paul for the childish attempt to take the ball from Bogut at the end (to which he admitted to afterward). If we're being fair, that deserves mention, too, although I have no problem with the idea that the Warriors were the ones that instigated this. 

BuzzK
BuzzK

“We were kicking their butt...." Oh really? At the half and the end of the 3rd quarter, there were only a couple of points difference. When Bonehead Griffin got tossed, the score was tied.


You weren't kickin jack. You lost the game. Even the head coach at the Clips is a shameless flopper. What's up DOC??? Poor losers.

AdamKilgore
AdamKilgore

OH boohoo Blake, too bad you weren't the better man.  You deserved to get kicked out, just because your a superstar doesn't mean you get special treatment, he's just upset that there is a power forward and center that can match him pound for pound

jazynaz
jazynaz

why is it that i heard on one of the sports news programs that the clippers refused to have chapel with the warriors when the W's asked them to join them?  BIG difference.  it's chapel, man, chapel...chapel , man, it's chapel, chapel!

mbrowningaz
mbrowningaz

Eh, if he had reacted to the initial action instead of coming back after the play was over he could play off that he didn't deserve anything on the first on tech.  The second one he looked like he was trying to get a tech or at least an intentional foul with an away from the ball hugging (stupid no matter how you look at hit).  Overall Blake should take away that he needs to try using his brain more.

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

Also, Ben Golliver needs to fact check: the CLIPPERS refused chapel twice from invitations coming out of the GS team. So, who is fueling this more? To refuse to share I. That is a clear slap, and apparently had never happened before. So, the Spoiled Brats want to have their way, but when they don't get that entitled treatment, it is a travesty. Wow. Unlikeable bunch.

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

Clips fans may have a reason to complain. I get that.

However, the problem I see from the outside is that the two stars feel entitled to special treatment. The league has caused this problem by over investing in the "star" power rather than team concept, and they have favored large market teams. LA as they do in MLB, and NHL, get preferential media treatment. So, Paul and Griffin buy into that.

For Griffin to act innocent is absurd. he is the new Garnett...little and subtle cheap stuff all game and then when he gets it back, he whines.

Paul is so much worse. A very special talent, but a huge baby. his post game move was one of a petulant spoiled brat. Pasch never mentioned that angle , but ESPN never holds the Clips accountable. Barry was belaboring his point on Griffin, while not allowing for the reason it came to be.

So, the Clips complain again, yet refuse the invitation to the chapel before the game again. The moves of a spoiled bunch. Yup, bad game by the refs. Sometimes there are regally satisfying results to bratty punk attitudes, and they got a taste of their medicine, and hated it. If they don't grow up, they will fail again like last season....

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Blake and D Coward should team up as the BIGGEST whiners in the NBA.........

Dylar
Dylar

Until Blake learns how to suck it up and be a man about this crap, they're going to keep doing it knowing they can get a cheap T.  His fault, and his alone.

Tito1
Tito1

What was Lady Floppin Griffin thinking? He ain't no Lebron so he was going to get technicals for sure.  The first one he could had avoided it, but decided to act like a "tough" guy.  Second one, he could had turn into the flopping artist he is and get Bogut ejected... And Chris Paul?? I can't wait to see the day someone punch him in his midget head

6marK6
6marK6

Never let them know they are getting to you. You just opened yourself up to a lot more of this,

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Trust that tech was mark jacksons plan! He knew a tech and griffins gone! Griffin was killing them! Cheap tactics by a clown who needs to learn how to get out of the way!

Still for the tech to come on such a BS call is pathetic! Those refs deserve to work at mcdonalds (no pun intended to mc workers)

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Live in LA? I'll lace em up with ya. Santa monica & Vermont. Let me know when u wanna meet at the LACC gym!

BuzzK
BuzzK

@djgranados1  I hope that loss burns your arse as much as it did Griffin and Paul. Even your head coach talks trash and you call the warriors classless? What a fool. Even dumber than Blake Griffin, and that is no easy task. And whinny little CP3 tries to take the ball from Bogut at the end....pathetic.


Sorry if you and the Clippers can't handle the heat. 

Try another sport. NBA is competitive and it ain't all about shooting baskets.

You lost! Suck it up.

djgranados1
djgranados1

@DanielSmith2 It's pretty clear at this point that Mark Jackson is encouraging this classless behavior in his players.  They knew the game was turning against them and resorted to these dirty tactics.  You should be embarrassed for yourself and your team.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

It was a close game! One i'd of love seen finish ethically! Speaking of butt kickings the warriors did that the the clippers multiple times last year straight up and fair! This go around that was not the case!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Blake griffin is a cry baby and needs to grow up. Many Clippers fan wont deny this! He is also not the best PF in the game and many people can match him pound for pound. Cp3 also acted like a punk and a sore loser at the end of the game.

Yet none of that is as classless as jackson's tactics. I can easily admit the warriors kicked us fair and square multiple times last year.

This year they did resort to cowardly play to win this game! Looking forward to the next 2 meetings!

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

Blake acted stupid on jackson's classless tactic. I'm cool with that!

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@matthewfreitas27What in the world does 'refusing chapel' have to do with the game and why does that make them 'spoiled brats'???

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

@matthewfreitas27 I agree on most! As a clipper fan! We got a few spoiled cry babies. Warriors have a few un-ethical classless punks. Though Griffin is no Garnett! Garnett talks about wifes and dead mothers on mothers day!

About chapel...maybe the the clippers didn't want to the hear jackson's hypocritical BS. He actually says "we like them" in an interview. we all know thats not the case. Though hes not the type of man to stand next to his!

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@matthewfreitas27What exactly are you saying?? That yes the Warriors threw cheap shots, that Griffin was right to complain, the refs got it wrong?? You start off with that the Clips fans have reason to complain then veer off in a rant about the Clips complaining..... You must be a Golden State fan. You know your team was taking cheap shots but want to find a way to say it the Clips fault so you label them as whiners....

mikelaw127
mikelaw127

@matthewfreitas27 Your statement that LA gets preferential treatment in the MLB and NHL is absolutely asinine.  As an LA sports fan there is only one team that can claim they were given preferential treatment, and that is the Lakers.  You know the other NBA basketball team in LA (and that was over a decade ago). Im pretty sure the Dodgers, Angels, Kings, and Ducks do not receive special treatment.

colinmmulligan
colinmmulligan

@DylarYes, his fault alone that people are throwing elbows at his neck and taking cheap shots at him. A lot of sense that makes.

qt3dot14
qt3dot14

@6marK6thats where youre wrong.  the problem is griffin got ejected for nothing.  what he should have done is way-laid the punk who threw the cheap elbow and take him out.


then you pay your fine, which i believe goes to charity, and take a few days off in the middle of the season.


its ok to be a punk and throw cheap shots. you just have to be ready to take what you give. if the refs wont eject a player for throwing elbows to the head area then you take care of it yourself.


doc is a fine coach but he simply doesnt instill the mentality of "take care of yourself".  it was that way on the celtics and now its carried over to the clippers. doc always wants his team to rely on the refs.  but nba refs are the worst officials, as a group, of any professional sports officials.  they blatantly cheat, they have overwhelming personal biases that endanger the players and many are simply incompetent and/or dont care.  


you can leave it up to the refs until your health and career is at stake.  then it's up to you and your teammates.


do you think that bird, mchale, isiah thomas, bill laimbeer, and the rest of those guys would have gotten ejected for TALKING?  they may have taken their seat on the bench and paid a fine but they would have taken care of business first.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

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! 

DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

@djgranados1 @DanielSmith2 Nope, nice try, though -- how is it clear? Have you what, seen video? Heard a grainy audio tape? It's clear to you because you're biased. 


I love discussing stuff like this with people like you -- I'll sit there and agree with and acknowledge some of your points, while you sit there and obstinately refuse to even respond to any of mine. I know it's easier to sit there and refuse to give anyone any credit unless they agree with you 100%, but if you have an open mind, this "objectivity" thing can be pretty cool...give it a try!

manodenada
manodenada

@TylerAllen errr Griffin initiated contact with Bogut - I guess Jackson just knew Blake would do that eh?  


Because opposing coaches do bank on Blake making bad decisions, it's true.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

@StacyHutchens. Clipper fan here! The Clippers are very much spoiled brats. So am I! So are a majority of people who live in LA! We like our organic. We like our designer clothes and all the materialistic things! Fast Cars. Beautiful women. Thats just LA.

We are alot of things. Yet un-ethical and classless like jackson we are not!

Maybe they didn't want sit and hear him be a hypocrite!

I can understand that!


DanielSmith2
DanielSmith2

@StacyHutchens @matthewfreitas27 It sets the tone, Stacy -- if you were about to start working on a project with someone, and before it started, they said your car was an ugly color...do you imagine that would have no effect on the project? 


The Clippers were under no obligation to go, but it was a nice gesture and I cannot imagine it wasn't an attempt to calm things down between the teams...and the Clippers refused. So, can you really blame the Warriors for feeling like the Clippers liked the animosity and were determined to keep it going?


It doesn't excuse the Warriors behavior whatsoever, and they did some bush league stuff -- but that also doesn't mean the Clippers weren't jerks to refuse that type of invitation. 

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

I am. So, I am biased against the clips. What point I attempted to make is: yes, the Clips got jobbed...but sympathy for them outside of the Clippers fan base will be hard to come by because of their general attitude. You can disagree. That's fine.

For Mike Law-it may be hard from the inside to agree with me, but many outside see it.

Dylar
Dylar

@colinmmulligan@Dylar 

If he didn't consistently react by getting T'd up, they'd stop targeting him. This isn't kindergarten, and this guy isn't being bullied.  He's being pushed by guys who know they can gain a tactical or strategic advantage by winding him up and letting him do his (dumb) thing.  Until he stops giving them what they want, they're going to keep doing it.  Therefore, his own fault and no one else's.

JasonLeBel
JasonLeBel

@qt3dot14 @6marK6 This is a totally different NBA than the one that had the Bad Boys of Detroit.


Players shouldn't let another team walk all over them, but in some cases, ooler heads prevail. It's hard not to react when other players are constantly gunning for your head (literally), but they are doing it most likely because they are frustrated. The player who can walk away from (and laugh at) it wins.

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

haha tushay! (disrespect*) We all gotta get got sometime. Clearly my idiot moment! Still what i said other the pun word is valid. 

TylerAllen
TylerAllen

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!


djgranados1
djgranados1

@matthewfreitas27 Actually I see this as a sign of how classless the warriors are.  Bad enough that the clippers don't want to attend chapel with them. I wouldn't either.

matthewfreitas27
matthewfreitas27

Perhaps to some it is "reaching"... It is , and has been a tradition, in the NBA that teams offer and accept pre-game chapel service. According to ESPN ( perhaps a dicey source) no NBA team has EVER refused. The Clippers did. So, you may not see it as a sign of being spoiled and petulant, but many (me included) do.

So, if a team decides to buck a long standing tradition, it can easily be painted as I did. To me, it yet another sign that the Clip leaders ( Paul , Griffin) feel they are above it all and can set their own rules. On the surface, that can be seen as a new guard and shows courage...but cooled with their whining, flopping, and general poor losing, it can also be seen as childish.

Dylar
Dylar

@StacyHutchens@Dylar@colinmmulligan 

That's neither here nor there.  The shots he's taken this season have mostly not been "no layups" shots, they're deliberate provocations aimed at a player who is, A.) vital to his team and B.) unable to control his temper.  Griffin himself does a lot of borderline stuff, elbows, digs at the groin; he's certainly been guilty of a high hard foul or two, as well.  

Griffin's situation is not unlike what Dwight Howard and Boogie Cousin's face on a regular basis.  They're all physically overwhelming guys who can't control their tempers, and, as a result, folks try to offset their physical advantages by exploiting mental and emotional weaknesses. Don't blame savvy veterans for exploiting Blake's weakness, blame Blake for being weak (mentally/emotionally) in the first place.

athleteman11
athleteman11

@Dylar @colinmmulligan If Griffin truly wants it to stop he needs to return the favour and hit them just as hard. Thats the only way it will stop.

StacyHutchens
StacyHutchens

@Dylar@colinmmulliganI think you miss the point here... I am not a Clips fan but I will tell you that because he dunks so much and guys do not like to be dunked on he gets fouled hard quite often... A couple of years ago there was a whole discussion about him NOT standing up for himself to these hard fouls... Now he does, guys like you still fault him for that...