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Blake Griffin is not gonna take it. No, he ain’t gonna take it. Anymore.

Mar 17, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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Blake Griffin, you want to know how you’ve really made it? When opposing bloggers — like Liberty Ballers Wednesday night — write things like this about you:

Griffin flopped and bitched the entire night en route to a disappointing 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 fouls. Both Elton Brand and the Sixers’ team defense/gameplan deserve tremendous credit for stifling the one Clipper who had the potential to beat them single-handedly.

Another part of being the guy who can beat teams single-handedly is that you get played physically, and Griffin has been getting a lot of that, too. Like when Tony Battie took him down hard late in the first half of that Sixers win. Griffin got up from that looking like a guy ready to throw down. (A double technical was assessed.)

Griffin says he has had enough of this treatment. He explained to the Los Angeles Times it’s time he pushed back.

“I just felt like they had let things go way too much up to that point. That’s what happens when you let things go when they don’t call fouls and things like that happen. … And I thought it was ridiculous. So I’m not going to take that. … I’ve done it too much this season. It got to me.”

Griffin and Dwight Howard need to sit down and talk about this anger. Shaq can be the moderator (he got fouled harder and more often back in the day than either of them).

No doubt, those two (and some other guys around the league) take more fouls than smaller players. It’s not fair. And fair is irrelevant. Defend your space, push back if you must.

But remember: Being a big man means sometimes being the bigger man — you can’t retaliate. You need to pick your spots.

  1. steelyres211 - Mar 17, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    The Clippers can’t afford to have Griffin retaliate, he’s too important. They need someone on the team to step into, or they need to sign someone to take on the role of goon/enforcer, like on a hockey team.

    • zackd2 - Mar 17, 2011 at 7:01 PM

      I’d argue that now is the time to retaliate.

      No, don’t start a brawl. But stand your ground, and if you get suspended then ok it’s a 2 game suspension when the team is still bad. That’s better than hard fouls for the next 5 years, or hard fouls when he’s dunking over someone that can lead to injuries.

      • tubal22 - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

        Kind of like Andre Miller?

      • zackd2 - Mar 18, 2011 at 7:19 AM

        Please Andre Miller is a punk. They’ve been trying to trade him since they signed him

  2. goforthanddie - Mar 17, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Just wait a few years Blake. You haven’t earned the NBAs protection yet.

    • lunasceiling - Mar 17, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      Agreed, @goforthanddie. Blake hasn’t moved up far enough yet in the NBA’s all-too-glaringly-obvious class system. He will…but it just hasn’t happened yet.

  3. readysethike - Mar 17, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Idk but I liked seeing blake retaliate because u kno deep down some players around the league are envious of his talent

  4. craigw24 - Mar 18, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    The player who took the most physical punishment was Wilt Chamberlain. Of course, he also dished out the most punishment. When he took off his jersey in the locker room after a game his body had red welts on it from the elbows and such.

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