OKC Thunder notebook: Blake Griffin believes Serge Ibaka should have been suspended

BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: March 6, 2013
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Former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin said he believes Thunder forward Serge Ibaka should have been suspended at least one game for hitting him in the groin area in the Los Angeles Clippers' 108-104 loss Sunday at Staples Center.

Griffin also believes the Thunder's nationally televised (TNT) game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena also might have had had something to do with Ibaka getting a $25,000 fine rather than a suspension.

“From what I heard, I guess he's saying he was just trying to get his hand away from mine,” Griffin told ESPN.com. “I actually didn't have his hand. He had my arm, so I don't know how it's going to be interpreted. It is surprising (he won't be suspended), but it is a big game (Tuesday) and I don't think they want one of their ... I really don't know. It's a big game.”

Griffin said he watched a replay and doesn't understand how Ibaka wasn't ejected or suspended.

“I don't really see how it can be let go,” Griffin said, “but I'm not going to do anything about it. I'm not going to cry and complain.”

Ibaka said “there wasn't any intent” to injure Griffin and he was “just trying to get good position.”

Thunder center Kendrick Perkins backed Ibaka and said Griffin is known for flopping.

“I saw some of Kendrick's comments, and they didn't make sense to me, to be honest,” Griffin said. “I think what he was trying to say is I was grabbing his jersey and I started it all and I deserved to be hit where I was hit. But if I started swinging every time I got my jersey tugged at, I probably would be swinging on every single play.”

TURNOVER TURNAROUND

The Thunder tied an NBA record for fewest turnovers in a game with two in its 122-105 victory over the Lakers on Tuesday night, and the first turnover might have been a blown call by the officiating crew if the ball actually was deflected off the Lakers and not OKC, and many believe.

Even with the stellar performance, the Thunder failed to move up the league leaders in turnovers (15.5) and is tied for 28th with Washington, ahead of only Houston (16.3).

“It's just one of those things,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, trying to explain Tuesday's remarkable feat. “It's not like we're not aware that we turn the ball over 15 times a game, but I like the guys continuing to figure out ways not to turn it over.”

Brooks then playfully deadpanned: “We're going to talk about those two tomorrow.”

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