Breaking news: Blake Griffin has gotten into an altercation with a player, one he didn’t cause himself.
This time it was P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns. After the two fought for position in the post, a collapse cause Griffin and Tucker to get tangled on the floor. Amid the on-the-floor tussle, Tucker took matter into his own hands and threw a punch at Griffin’s face which caused Griffin to shove back at Tucker. Here is a video of the altercation via:
There is nothing uncommon about Griffin getting into it with other players. We’ve seen the numerous altercations between he and Zach Randolph. The Golden State Warriors do their best to get under his skin, notably the scenario with Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut that got him ejected on Christmas Day. It’s unclear why players take shots at Griffin, rather it be his floppy style of play, instant commercial success with little to boast about on his resume upon entering the league, or just pure animosity for his style, but seeing what happened between he and Tucker isn’t shocking.
The shocking part was Griffin’s retaliation shove. Many have spoken on Blake’s “need” to “fight back” on the court. He hadn’t done anything of that nature, but tonight proved he has something in him, a something that’s only shown when he’s responding to an attack.
For P.J. Tucker he’ll likely face the same penalty that O.J. Mayo and Demarcus Cousin received for striking a player mid-game, a one-game suspension.
Here is video of the Tucker-Griffin altercation courtesy of Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: