Officiating has gotten pretty bad lately,especially when it comes to the Los Angeles Clippers fate.
The NBA on Thursday said Clippers forward Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the team’s Christmas Day loss to the Golden State Warriors due to a skirmish with Warrior forward Andrew Bogut. It was Griffin’s second assessed technical foul, Rod Thorn of the NBA says it should have been just a “common foul”.
The final score was 106-104.
Griffin had already put up 20 points and 14 rebounds. Blake tends to argue calls more than most with his hollywood acting skills,but lately he’s toned it down. Majority of the time when an altercation starts Griffin is the first to walk away. Warriors forward Draymond Green was ejected earlier in the contest for elbowing Griffin in the neck.
Blake Griffin’s Ejection Reaction
The play angered Griffin, who said after the game that the Warriors played “cowardly basketball.”
“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said. “It all boils down to they [the referees] fell for it. To me, that’s cowardly. That’s cowardly basketball.
“[Bogut] got a flagrant 1, and I got thrown out. He was grabbing on to me, and they called the foul and he grabbed the neck of my jersey, so I tried to back up knowing I only had one technical, but they did a good job. They sold it. They fell for it. … I feel tonight I got two technicals for nothing.”
Earlier this week Matt Barnes was ejected after getting ‘ALL BALL’.
After the game, the NBA downgraded Barnes’ foul from a Flagrant 2 to a Flagrant 1, which would not have warranted an ejection. He was also fined $25,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manor. Thankfully the ejection didn’t cause the Clippers to lose like they did on Christmas Day.
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