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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. 


Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:51 pm

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Ridenower committed the first foul, Griffin clearly overracted, and committed the flagrant. This happens all the time in the NBA. Much adoo about nothing...

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:49 am

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

What??? Ridnour made a normal attempt to stop a dunk before Griffin left the ground.  Griffin horse collars Ridnour in an obvious dirty play.  A horse collar is illegal in the NFL where tackling is allowed; why shouldn't the horse collar be a flagrant in the NBA?  Griffin is a dirty player but keeps getting a pass from the fans because of his spectacular dunks.  He's pushed guys while they are in the air and very vulnerable to an injury.  Someday his dirty play will injure someone.

Since: Jun 19, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:47 am

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Honestly? thats your explanation? Instead of being a homer from LA like everyone else look at the whole picture. Watch the video again its clearly a normal foul by ridnour that happens night in and night out in the NBA.

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:45 am

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Well, while I agree it was probably a technical, it is also possible that blake simply grabbd the nearest thing in an attempt to not hurtle into the stands.  Probabaly not, but it is definately possible.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:59 am

Blake Griffin gets technical; was it dirty?

Pulling on a guys arm to stop a dunk is no where near as dirty as horse collaring out of frustration.  The arm foul happens routinely, the horse collar happens never.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:40 am

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. You should describe the entire play and not just what you want to see.

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