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Doc Rivers: Too many weak fouls called on Blake Griffin

Doc RiversDoc Rivers believes that the referees called a few too many weak fouls on Blake Griffin during Game 1 of the Clippers’ playoff series with the Golden State Warriors Saturday, which they lost at home 109-105.

Griffin only played 19 minutes before fouling out in the final minute of the game, and he never really got into a rhythm.

Rivers was asked after the game whether he felt the officials were primed to call the series closely because of some of the pre-series talk, such as Klay Thompson saying Griffin is a flopper.

“Do you want me to get fined? Come on, why would you ask me that question?” Rivers responded with a smile and laugh before answering honestly.

“Yeah, I do, I thought all the hype had an impact on how the game was called,” said Rivers. “Lot of tight, touch fouls. I thought three of [Blake's] six were probably touch fouls. Same thing with CP. But the way I look at it is both teams have to play under the same rules. And they did a better job playing under the same rules that we have to play under.

“I wish there were less calls in that way, yeah.”

So Rivers got to make his point while still saying the game was called fairly. That’s Rivers being masterful.

It’s fine for the Clippers, because the officials just won’t call as many fouls on Griffin in Game 2 which should allow them to tie the series.

Blake Griffin spills water on Warriors fan, fan is all ‘WTF?’ (Video)

Blake Griffin was pretty upset over fouling out in the final minute of Game 1 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and he reacted by throwing a drink back — literally — after seeing a replay of his foul.

The question is: did he mean to soak the fan behind him, or was that unintentional? The great part was seeing the fan react like “what the f—?” to Blake after getting soaked.

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The fan was wearing a yellow Warriors shirt, so knowing Blake, he probably did it on purpose. Plus, that sneaky smile out of the corner of his mouth kind of gave it away, too.

So awesome.

Video via @cjzero

Blake Griffin won’t respond to Klay Thompson’s flopping comments

Blake GriffinThe Clippers and Golden State Warriors have engaged in one of the better NBA rivalries in recent years. Not only have they been two of the better teams in the Western Conference the last few seasons, but they always seem to mix it up when they play, which makes their upcoming first-round playoff series even more intriguing.

The teams fought during and after a game in December. Earlier in the season, the Clippers refused to hold chapel with the Dubs.

Much like when he plays the Thunder, Blake Griffin seems to be in the middle of physical play against the Warriors. And he might have some extra hate towards them after they clowned him for missing a 3-pointer last season.

Things were stirred again this week when Golden State’s Klay Thompson called out Griffin for flopping during a radio interview Wednesday.

“He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson said on The Wheelhouse on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco.

“He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said of Griffin. “He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.

“I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”

Blake has long had a reputation for being a flopper, though other guys like Karl Malone think Griffin is just a victim of a bunch of cheap shots because he’s so big and so good.

Blake has been made aware of Thompson’s comments, but he’s not biting.

ESPN LA’s Ramona Shelburne says Griffin refused to engaged in a verbal war when asked about the comments Thursday.

“This isn’t my thing. I play basketball. I don’t want to get into back and forth,” Griffin said, per Shelburne.

That’s probably smart of him. He’ll have plenty of time to do his talking on the court in what should be a great series that begins on Saturday.

Below is Thompson’s interview with The Game. The comments come in the final minute when Thompson was asked what about Blake ticks off opponents:

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Jermaine O’Neal reportedly confronted Blake Griffin after game

Jermaine-ONeal-Blake-GriffinThe Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have quickly developed a hatred for one another. There seems to be an incident every time the two teams get together, and Wednesday night was no exception. Early in the fourth quarter of LA’s 111-98 victory, Jermaine O’Neal was assessed a technical foul for saying something to Blake Griffin as he walked to the bench. The exchange continued after the final whistle.

According to Brad Turner of the LA Times, O’Neal confronted Griffin in the hallway after the game and the two briefly stood face to face.

“Why you want to walk up on me?” Griffin reportedly asked O’Neal. “Leave that (stuff) on the court.”

O’Neal responded that he is a “monster” off the court and the exchange ended. Griffin had no interest in talking about what happened when reporters asked him about it.

Nah,” he said. “That’s between me and him.”

Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com said the confrontation was blown out of proportion.

Remember, these are the same two teams who refuse to even hold chapel together before games. NBA fans should be crossing their fingers that the Clippers and Warriors meet in the playoffs.

Blake Griffin came flying in out of nowhere for this sick dunk (Video)

Blake GriffinJust when you think that Blake Griffin dunks are old and played out, he goes and does this.

This is so much more than Blake just being a great dunker. This is timing, instinct, and athleticism all in one play.

Come on, Mark Jackson. Where was the box out? There wasn’t even anyone in the paint!

Griffin finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds in the Clippers’ 111-98 win over the Warriors. The Clips have won 9 in a row and look great!

Video via GIFD Sports

Blake Griffin does Karl Malone tribute dunk (Video)

Blake Griffin broke out a nice tribute to Karl Malone during the first quarter of Monday’s Clippers-Suns game.

Griffin got a pass in the front court and went up for an uncontested dunk in transition. With nobody around, he put his left hand behind his head like the “Mailman.”

“Just a tribute to one of the best power forwards of all time,” Griffin said of the dunk during an interview with Prime Ticket after the game.

What inspired the tribute? Griffin didn’t say, but maybe it has to do with Malone being complimentary of the Clippers star recently.

While serving as a commentator for ESPN, Malone mentioned Griffin as the one guy he’d really like to spend time with and help. He also advised Griffin to go crazy on the next person who messes with him to discourage that kind of behavior. Griffin hasn’t exactly followed the advice, which is why he was involved in a fight with a guy like PJ Tucker later in the game. Maybe if Griffin hauled off on these guys, they wouldn’t mess with him.

Below is a look at Malone doing it:

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Blake Griffin hit in face by PJ Tucker during fight (Video)

Once again another NBA player got into it with Blake Griffin, and this time there was an ejection at stake.

P.J. Tucker was ejected from Monday’s Clippers-Suns game with about 5:30 remaining in the game. The Clippers were up by 14 at the time, so it’s possible that Tucker was frustrated, because he dragged down Griffin as the two were fighting for position for a rebound following a Matt Barnes missed 3-point attempt.

Tucker appeared to hit Griffin in the face. Griffin reacted strongly and scrambled to go after Tucker, but they were separated. This GIF shows where Tucker got him:

Tucker’s shot at Griffin did not go over well at all, because Blake was ticked off more than we normally see. He usually is much more composed even when he’s been abused by the other team.

Griffin had 37 points in the win. He even went 9-for-10 at the free throw line.

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GIF via @cjzero