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Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:57 am
 
Posted by Ben Golliver 

You won't see this one replayed in a goofy Kia commercial. And, hopefully, someone gets through to Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin to let him know this type of play isn't OK, it's borderline dirty.

During the fourth quarter of a tightly contested game between the Clippers and the Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Griffin pulled down Luke Ridnour from behind after the Minnesota guard he broke up a transition pass from Chris Paul to Griffin. 

L.A.'s All-Star forward came barrelling down the key and, after the ball was already out of bounds, pulled Ridnour back towards him by yanking on his shoulder as the two crashed into the baseline. Thankfully, Ridnour's legs somehow managed not to get caught underneath him or he could have been looking at a broken bone or ruptured ligaments. His right foot did briefly catch on the court but pulled free quickly, ensuring that he narrowly avoided what could have been an ugly knee injury.

"What is that?" the FSWolves broadcaster noted in disgust. "Ridiculous."

The Timberwolves players, to their credit, immediately appealed to the officials in Ridnour's defense. The Timberwolves fans, to their credit, immediately and loudly lit into Griffin with boos over his action. The referees, to their credit, hit Griffin with a technical foul.

Minnesota went on to win the game, 95-94. Appropriately, the winning margin was equal to Ridnour's made technical foul shot, so at least there was some justice here.

In Griffin's defense, he plays all out, all the time. He gets into more than his fair share of mix-ups and melees. He's clearly a target around the league. This one, though, was inexcusable. 

Here's the video of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin's technical foul and scary hit on Minnesota Timberwolves guard Luke Ridnour. 


Comments

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:43 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

<blockquote class="QuoteMessage">Grabbing Luke's left shoulder with his right hand wasn't going to stop Blake from falling.  Pulling Luke backwards could have hurt his knees or worse Blake could have landed on the back of Luke's legs. </blockquote>

<br />Its called a reaction.  Sort of like when you put your hands out to break your fall automatically when there is nothing else to break your fall.  You mentioned he could have messed up his knees.  If you look at the play if he had not pulled him down he would have rolled up the back of Lukes legs.  Much more of a chance for a knee or ankle injury.




Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Griifin's a big dude and everybody know this already so when he falls I don't see why everyone is shocked. And plus I don't seewhat was so "dirty".... Ridnour slapped Griffin arm, Griffin lost his balanced and fell - end of story.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:25 am
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Dirty play. No reason at all to grab L.R. After he grabbed him he pulled him down and back in an awkward position. Dangerous play for sure. Blake was not going to be able to stay up by grabbing the 175 pound frame of L.R. It was a frustration move, period.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:22 am
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

It's not Bynum's hit on Barea dirty, though with a much bigger player with a questionable play against a much smaller player at a high rate of speed this is the closest thing I've seen to that one from Lakers-Mavs game 4. This was still dangerous and uncalled for. Hopefully the league office is reviwing this one.



Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:15 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Dangerous play but I do not think he meant to hurt Luke.  He didnt collar him he grabbed his shoulder.
Grabbing Luke's left shoulder with his right hand wasn't going to stop Blake from falling.  Pulling Luke backwards could have hurt his knees or worse Blake could have landed on the back of Luke's legs.  This isn't the NFL, you don't have to pull them down by the back of the jersey to be a play that could injure someone.  

Blake Griffin is building quite a resume of dirty, unneccessary plays that could hurt people.  If it wasn't for his past, I might agree with you that he didn't intend to hurt Luke.  But he's done it several times this year.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Looks like he was trying to break his fall by grabbing something, anything. Lukes shoulder happened to be there.  Dangerous play but I do not think he meant to hurt Luke.  He didnt collar him he grabbed his shoulder.




Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Griffin is just a thug.  He gets away with cheap shots a smaller guys all the time.  I hope one of these days he takes on the wrong guy and hopefully end up spitting out some of his teeth.  He is the most overrated player for they hype.  His game consists of dunking.  He doesn't play defense (Atleast Shaq was a defensive menace).  Stern needs to look at this and his past history with guards and let him think about it for about 5 games.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

I've got nothing against Griffin or Ridnour and can't really decipher Griffin's intent aside from the intentional arm hack at the start. But, seeing as how Rondo's little ball toss to a referee was worth a two game suspension, how many games should this be worth?



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Ridnour pulled Griffin's arm so he couldn't dunk the ball. Ridnour's fault he made no attempt at the basketball and he should have received a flagrant foul.
Get serious....grabbing the arm of a player on the ground is not and never has been a flagrant foul in the NBA (or any other league for that matter).  Even if it was, that certainly does not excuse Griffin's much harder, much more dangerous foul on Ridnour.  Griffin's play was dangerous, borderline "dirty" and he clearly deserved the technical that he got...maybe more, a flagrant 2 and ejection.  There is no place in the NBA for a play like Griffin pulled.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

KAMARISUNC,
Much "adoo"  about nothing? This is how STUPID injuries happen. It is not acceptable.
I bid you "adoo", idiot!


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