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Blake Griffin taunted by ‘flopper’ chants from Memphis crowd (Video)

Blake GriffinBlake Griffin heard it from Memphis Grizzlies fans after he went to the free throw line in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 94-82 Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Griffin got the ball at the top of the circle with just under five minutes left in the game and the Clippers down 83-71. He was backing down Zach Randolph when Quincy Pondexter came over to provide some help defense. Pondexter reached in for a steal, knocked the ball loose, but Griffin flopped to the ground as he lost the ball. Randolph was called for the foul.

As Griffin was at the line with 4:46 left, the fans began booing. Then an arena-wide “flopper” chant broke out before his second free throw.

Griffin made both foul shots, but his team still lost.

A minute later Griffin complained that Randolph held one of his arms to prevent him from corralling a rebound, leading to the ball going out of bounds off him. Here was his face:

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Blake Griffin: No hatred between Clippers and Grizzlies

Blake-Griffin-Zach-RandolphAfter the way the postseason went last year, it’s only appropriate that the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies would square off again this season in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. When those two teams get together, things have a tendency to get chippy.

Despite the fact that Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph have a history of beating up on each other when their teams get together, Griffin insists there is no bad blood between the Grizzlies and the Clippers. Here’s what he told Sports Illustrated’s Jimmy Traina, who was celebrating the sixth anniversary of Hot Clicks on Tuesday (congrats to Jimmy on the well-deserved milestone).

“Not hatred. We have a mutual respect for each other with the battles we’ve had going back to last year in the regular season,” Griffin explained. “Like you said, the seven-game series was a battle. It’s become one of these well-known physical games where everyone’s taking the hits. It’s actually a lot of fun. There isn’t hate, though. On the court, there’s animosity. But off the court, everyone’s cool.”

You certainly could have fooled us. If you need several examples of Randolph and Griffin not playing nice with one another, we have them for you here. Perhaps Griffin has no hatred toward Memphis because his team has dominated the Grizzlies as of late and holds a 2-0 series lead over them already. If Randolph was asked about his feelings toward the Clippers, he might give a different answer.

Blake Griffin almost throws in amazing game-winner, basket doesn’t count (Video)

Blake-Griffin-amazing-shot-did-not-countThe Los Angeles Clippers lost an overtime thriller to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, but they were a mere shove away from winning the game in miraculous fashion. After OJ Mayo tied the score with 0.6 seconds remaining, Blake Griffin nearly pulled off the highlight of the season. However, he was called for an offensive foul and the shot didn’t count.

As you can see, Griffin caught a full-court pass and somehow flipped it off the glass and in with 0.4 seconds remaining on the game clock. The official who had been watching him fight for position with Dirk Nowitzki ruled that he pushed off, resulting in the basket not counting. The Mavericks went on to win 109-102 in overtime.

Where was this referee when the Packers needed him during one of the most infamous plays in NFL history? As a certain group of replacement officials could tell you, it takes guts to call something like that. In all fairness, it sounded like the official blew his whistle before the shot went in, so you can’t argue that he was reacting to the result. Still, it’s unfortunate that the call resulted in such an amazing play being washed away.

Jamal Crawford sets Blake Griffin up for sick alley-oop (Video)

Blake Griffin alley oopJamal Crawford decided to have some fun as the Clippers began to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks late in the fourth quarter on Wednesday. After the Clippers got a steal, the ball was fed ahead to Crawford who went between his legs and then threw up a pass for a trailing Blake Griffin, who jammed down a sick alley-oop.

Seriously, that’s better than most of the dunks in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Griffin said after the game that he was surprised by what Crawford did.

“I was telling him I had no idea what he was about to do,” he told FOX Sports Prime Ticket. “I thought he was going to throw it off the glass. I saw him toss it up a little bit, so I tried to put something special at the end.”

Crawford had 25 in the win while Griffin had 23, 11, and 11 for his third career triple-double. I think they were just trying to impress Aaron Rodgers, who was sitting courtside next to Clippers owner Donald Sterling:

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Blake Griffin sends tremendous tweet about Serge Ibaka’s nut shot

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Many different people have shared their opinions on Serge Ibaka’s groin chop on Blake Griffin, including those who felt Ibaka unfairly avoided suspension. Kobe Bryant gave a typical Kobe response, and Dwight Howard joked about it, of course. But the person with the best reaction of all was Griffin, who was on the receiving end of the nut shot.

Griffin sent the following tweet Tuesday, which was a nod to his Kia time traveling commercials:

Now that’s a winner. Griffin managed to be funny and plug his sponsor at the same time … that’s talent.

When it comes to funniest athletes around, Griffin is definitely up there.

Kobe Bryant on Serge Ibaka chopping Blake Griffin’s groin: I would have smacked him in the mouth

Serge Ibaka Blake GriffinLeave it to the venom-spitting Black Mamba to put the Serge Ibaka-Blake Griffin incident into proper perspective.

When asked about Ibaka’s chop to Griffin’s groin Sunday during the Thunder-Clippers game, Bryant told reporters Monday how he would have reacted.

“I probably would have smacked him in the mouth,” Bryant said of Ibaka, via Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.

Kobe said he would have dealt with the pain of being hit in the groin afterwards.

Dwight Howard had a very different reaction, joking around like usual.

“You gotta wear a cup,” Howard said.

Typical Dwight.

If the NBA decides to suspend Ibaka, it could help the Lakers, who play at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Serge Ibaka says he was not trying to hurt Blake Griffin with groin punch

Serge Ibaka Blake GriffinOklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka received a flagrant-1 foul on Sunday when he hit Blake Griffin near the groin (video of the play here) during his team’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers. It is unclear whether Ibaka hit Griffin in the man region or not, but it certainly looked like the swing itself was intentional.

After the game, Ibaka insisted that he was not trying to hurt Griffin.

“He hit my hands away,” Ibaka told reporters, via The Oklahoman. “He’s strong, so when he grabs you, your jersey or whatever, and you try to defend yourself and rebound. So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt, (but) just to get good position, but then something happens where you get hurt in the paint. It’s not anything where I want to try to hurt him. I’m not that kind of person. I just try to play hard, and that’s it.

“I just tried to play hard. I really don’t care if someone is dirty or not, that’s not my problem. His game was intense. We all were complaining to the referees (about) some dirty stuff. It’s basketball. We just played. If you can see the replay, you can see he grabbed my jersey first so I wanted to try to defend myself, (but) not to hurt him.”

The two were certainly fighting for position and grabbing at one another while attempting to box out, but it looked like Ibaka took it too far. As we mentioned before, Griffin has become known for flopping so it’s hard to tell if he was really hurt as badly as it appeared.

“I guess it’s a chippy game like that every time we play,” Griffin said. “We’re both pretty physical teams with physical bigs. There was a lot of pushing and all that going on down low.”

The Thunder and Clippers could very well meet in the playoffs in a few months, so we could be in for plenty more post battles and flagrant fouls.