Tempers flared between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night as several scrums and ejections took place during their game on Christmas night.
It started at the end of the third quarter, when Draymond Green was ejected for throwing an elbow to the head of Blake Griffin. Just about a minute later, Griffin would get tossed himself after getting tangled up with Andrew Bogut while trying to get position for a rebound. However, this ejection (it was Griffin’s second technical foul) seemed unnecessary. As the video shows below, the two players were simply tangled up and no foul should have been called both ways:
Nonetheless, Griffin was called for his second technical foul and ejected, and could only watch from the locker room as his team fell to the Warriors 105-103. After the game, he called out the referees and the Warriors.
“When you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game,” he said, via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball.”
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers also cried foul, claiming that the Warriors intentionally tried to get Griffin ejected from the game. Said Rivers: “I think we were kicking their butts, and they went to something else.”
Although this may not be an “official” rivalry yet (apparently they have to face off in the playoffs first), it is clear that these two teams do not like each other.
Mark Jackson, the head coach of the Warriors, summed it up best, saying, “We like them. Merry Christmas. It’s good, old-fashioned ball between two teams playing for something.”