It’s no Malice at the Palace, but in the second quarter of Clippers-Thunder Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes and Serge Ibaka all get into a scuffle due to some contact after a foul.
Due to the action taking place in the video above, both Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes were ejected while Blake Griffin was hit with a technical foul.
The ejections were a harsh penalty for a minuscule scuffle, but the technical fouls were definitely deserved. You could argue that Serge Ibaka’s push was unwarranted as he and Griffin were tangled up in a bang bang play, but his reaction was a short-tempered one. Matt Barnes’ reaction is what you would expect from a player with his reputation.
This isn’t the first time these three have all been involved in an altercation, dating back to when Serge Ibaka striked Blake Griffin in the genital area during a box out. Matt Barnes and Lamar Odom proceeded to get in Ibaka’s grill about the play. Despite the heinous crime committed, Ibaka didn’t get suspended from the league for the play.
(Video via the always reliable @Maxamillion711)