Warriors Hold On To Top Clippers
OAKLAND, Calif. – Los Angeles Clippers ahead Blake Griffin stated the Golden State Warriors played "cowardly basketball" after he was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' one zero five-103 win over the Clippers Wednesday night.
"If you look at it, I didn't do something and I obtained thrown out of the game," Griffin stated. "All of it boils right down to they fell for it. To me, that is cowardly. That is cowardly basketball."
Griffin was ejected with 10:forty three left within the fourth quarter after getting tousled with Andrew Bogut within the paint and attempting to get free. Bogut was given a flagrant foul 1 while Griffin obtained a technical foul, his second of the evening after receiving a technical on the finish of the third for for speaking to Draymond Green after Green elbowed him. Inexperienced was ejected for a flagrant 2.
"As an alternative of simply taking part in straight up and playing a recreation it bought into something greater than that and it is unfortunate since you need to play a crew head-to-head," Griffin said. "You don't need to start enjoying other video games and playing cowardly basketball."
Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes the Warriors, who have been trailing 78-seventy five after three quarters, felt the necessity to play in another way in the event that they needed to win the sport.
"Honestly, I thought we had been simply kicking their butts and they went to something else, to be honest," Rivers stated. "But that's positive."
Griffin was nonetheless making an attempt to figure out how he was ejected as he stood in the visitor's locker room at Oracle Enviornment after the game.
"[Bogut] acquired a flagrant 1 and I bought thrown out," Griffin said. "He was grabbing on to me and they known as the foul and he grabbed the neck of my jersey so I tried to again up realizing I only had one technical but they did a very good job. They offered it. They fell for it… I really feel tonight I got two technicals for nothing."
When Warriors coach Mark Jackson was asked about any animosity between the 2 teams, he joked: "We like them. Merry Christmas."
Billed as a rivalry recreation, the Clippers and Warriors had several physical altercations.
"We understand it, but it surely's simply physical basketball," he added. "We do not get caught up in it. Fouls, arduous fouls, rebounds and screens – just good old fashioned basketball. Two teams were playing for something. At the finish of the day we all know they're a very good basketball crew. Nothing however respect for them."
Griffin was held back by teammates on the finish of the third quarter while jawing with Inexperienced. Following a evaluate, Griffin received a technical and Inexperienced was ejected for a flagrant foul 2 after throwing an elbow.
When Rivers was asked what his explanation was from the officials after Griffin's second technical he stated, "I think he said that Golden State was trying to get Blake thrown out of the sport, and it labored. That's all I can come up with."
There was transient altercation between the groups near the Warriors' bench after the game when Chris Paul tried to take the ball out of Bogut's palms, however Paul took accountability for that later.
"I most likely should have been cool, I tried to seize the ball afterwards, it was my fault," Paul stated. "That's my fault. I probably ought to have simply walked off the court."
Clippers ahead Matt Barnes stated his teammates felt the need to step in after seeing Paul and Bogut talking to each other after the sport.
"You may't let your point guard get picked on by a center," Barnes mentioned. "Everyone tried to split them up. Bogut was speaking trash all recreation. He can discuss it off the courtroom but he knows better than to speak it off the courtroom."