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Is Blake Griffin a magnet for mayhem?

by Erik Horne Published: December 26, 2013
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, left, fights with Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, right, as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Darren Collison (2) look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Blake Griffin was ejected from the game. Warriors won 105-103.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, left, fights with Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut, right, as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and Darren Collison (2) look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Blake Griffin was ejected from the game. Warriors won 105-103.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Christmas Day added yet another chapter to Blake Griffin’s growing altercation mixtape. Does the former OU big man naturally attract animosity and blows, particularly from the Golden State Warriors?

The scene: In the third quarter of the Clippers-Warriors game Wednesday night, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors tries to come across Griffin’s head and neck with an elbow. Green gets docked with an automatic ejection, but does damage, as Griffin also picks up a tech.

What followed was another altercation, this time with Warriors center Andrew Bogut, and Griffin was gone.

Griffin took exception to the ejection. He was cruising with 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes when he was booted at the 10:42 mark of the fourth quarter. Without him, the Clippers were outscored 40-35 in the final period.

“When you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball.”

Maybe Griffin’s ejection was karma for this. We’ve chronicled the epic Serge Ibaka-Blake Griffin battles of the past, but Wednesday was also not the first time the Clippers and Warriors have gone at it.

Check out this Nostradamus action from SI.com’s Ben Golliver and his NBA Christmas preview:

Headline-dominating story: Bad blood. The rivalry between these two teams is full of random, quirky episodes. Remember Blake Griffin and Mark Jackson exchanging words after Griffin stepped on Jackson’s foot? Remember Jackson’s Warriors refusing to participate in chapel with the Clippers? Remember Jackson calling Griffin a “great actor” back in January? Remember Kent Bazemore and the Warriors’ bench goofing off after Griffin missed a three-pointer off the side of the backboard a few weeks later? The odds of something popping off during this game with Griffin, Jackson, Matt Barnes, Stephen Jackson and Andrew Bogut all involved? Approximately 100 percent.

Or maybe it’s just that we’ve seen this so many times before, even going back to OU.

So, what makes Blake Griffin so appealing to hit? How do his arms always end up tangled in someone elses? Is there anyone currently in the NBA that has been in more small skirmishes than Griffin in recent seasons? (Note: In old age, Metta World Peace has cleaned up his act).

Griffin is currently third in the league in minutes played (1,193 in 30 games), second in technical fouls (7) and is tops in the league in personal fouls committed (106). Say what you will about Griffin the guy, but he’s definitely playing a physical style of ball that’s leading to a lot of what we saw Christmas night.

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(Editor's note: The NBA released a statement Thursday afternoon, regarding Blake Griffin's ejection from the Warriors game, saying that Griffin should not have been ejected.)


by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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