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#pounditTuesday, January 25, 2022

Blake Griffin is ‘sick of taking hard hits’

Derrick Rose isn’t the only All-Star sick of the beating he’s been taking during games — Blake Griffin is, too. Speaking after the Clippers’ shootaround on Monday, Griffin told reporters he’s fed up taking hits from opposing players.

“I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin said, per the Orange County Register. “…There’s a point, I can’t remember what game it was, in my mind where I thought this is kind of ridiculous. I’m sick of it, but it’s going to keep on happening.

“It’s affected me this year a lot, especially with the referees,” he said. “I’m just getting frustrated and getting my self in trouble with officials.”

Griffin gets hacked quite a bit down low because he’s so powerful. He also has been subjected to dirty plays like the one from Jason Smith. Griffin thinks he’s fouled hard a lot like Derrick Rose because they both attack the rim, but he acknowledged if he were a better free throw shooter, teams might be more reluctant to send him to the line. At least he recognizes he can do something to improve the situation.

Meanwhile, DeMarcus Cousins is laughing at Griffin’s comments.

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