Blake Griffin calls the Warriors' tactics 'cowardly'

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Things got heated on Christmas between the Warriors and Clippers, which resulted in a player from each side being ejected.

For the Warriors, it was Draymond Green for a high elbow to Blake Griffin. For the Clippers though it was Griffin, who already on a technical because of Green's elbow, picked up another when Andrew Bogut grabbed his jersey.

Griffin, clearly frustrated about being ejected in what resulted in a tight loss, didn't like the move by the Warriors.

"If you look at it, I didn't do anything, and I got thrown out of the game," Griffin told reporters, via ESPN LA. "It all boils down to they (the referees) fell for it. To me, that's cowardly. That's cowardly basketball."

The Warriors won 105-103, but Griffin essentially missed the entire fourth quarter.

Kind of the interesting catch to the situation was that upon being ejected, Green was very unhappy, claiming Griffin did something first to earn his elbow. So the Warriors may have felt slighted there and took it upon themselves to find justice for Griffin not being ejected then. Just a theory.

"Instead of just playing straight up and playing a game, it got into something more than that, and it's unfortunate because you want to play a team head-to-head," Griffin said. "You don't want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball."

By the appearance of the play, Griffin did nothing more than attempt to get free of Bogut's grasp. He didn't push, throw an elbow or say anything. Bogut was assessed a flagrant one for the play, but for whatever reason, the officials awarded Griffin his second technical. Whether it was an intentional move by the Warriors to disqualify Griffin or not, the fact the officials couldn't apply common sense to the situation was disappointing.

"[Bogut] got a flagrant 1, and I got thrown out," Griffin said. "He was grabbing on to me, and they called the foul and he grabbed the neck of my jersey, so I tried to back up knowing I only had one technical, but they did a good job. They sold it. They fell for it. ... I feel tonight I got two technicals for nothing."

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