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Video: Was Blake Griffin’s takedown of Luke Ridnour dirty?

Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

Blake Griffin is a chippy player.

Which he needs to be — he’s a big man who is physical and other teams respond with physicality. If he didn’t push back and hold his ground (both physically and in terms of intimidation) he’d be swept aside. But there is a line there with being chippy and dirty and there are times Griffin rides right along it.

Like Monday night and the play above. Griffin was on a fast break with Chris Paul and was expecting another poster dunk but Luke Ridnour made the veteran play, got back and broke up the pass — then Griffin grabbed him and pulled him to the ground under him.

Griffin got a technical and deserved it — that was a frustration/intimidation foul that could have left Ridnour with a serious injury. This is not suspension worthy, but if the league threw a fine at Griffin I’d be good with that.

By the way, Minnesota won that game 95-94 — the made technical free throw on this play was the winning margin.

Griffin has to stand his ground, but as someone who has seen him frustrated on the court before I don’t want to see him lose it and cross that line. He needs to be careful. And Blake, just between us, you can’t complain about other teams getting to be physical with you then go off and knock down a little guard, you come off poorly. Or like Kevin Garnett.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. ammarradhi - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Yes it was very dirty, didnt need to take Luke down with him

  2. sellahh - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Have I mentioned i hope Blake gets a career or at least season ending injury already?

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      dude thats wack! no soup for you!

  3. Justin - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    How about the douche move Griffin did when after a basket the ball was rolling away and 2 or 3 times he acted like he was going to pick it up and then didn’t and went down court. I know it isn’t his job and yada yada yada but it is still a douche move. If you aren’t going to pick it up then walk away but don’t follow the ball and keep slightly bending over like you are going to grab it.

    As I watched this game it made me think is adding Kenyon Martin to that locker room really a good idea with a young guy like Blake Griffin? Blake does the takedown in the above video and also loses his composure. Sounds like a vintage Martin to me (who also picked up a technical)

  4. ramblingalb - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Dirty play, should miss a week or two. Nothing wrong with a good hard foul, but that’s just embarrassing. Once again, Kurt’s obvious bias is showing, just like the months of “the sky is falling, the owners are so mean, cry, weep, tears…and oh, by the way, 100% incorrect.

  5. cosmicatomic - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I’m glad I don’t have to root for Blake Griffin. Something about his on-court aura rubs me entirely the wrong way. I am not even sure if I can put my finger on it, but he just comes across as so unbelievably unlikable to me.

  6. redbullenergydrink - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Ridnour should have gotten out of the way! You can’t stop Blake! Just ask Perkins.

    • Justin - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      The irony is that he did stop Griffin and then Griffin went to the line and missed both FTs

  7. cbt22 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Griffins a douche and all he can do is dunk so he was angry Luke denied him.

  8. allfour851 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Don’t make more of it than it was. Griffin was falling and reached for anything that would break his fall. Luke happened to be the closest thing to him. Not a dirty play, just a dangerous one. The technical was enough punishment.

  9. raidmagic - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    So over rated

  10. pumadon - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It was pretty dirty because Blake was already nearly on the ground when he reached out for Ridnour. And it’s not like he was gonna hit the ground hard, basically he would have slid to the ground. But instead he grabbed Ridnour and hung on to him and pulled him down.

  11. vikingsinla - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Speaking as a non-fan of Griffin, its evident that he is becoming increasingly frustrated by players all too eager to put him on the free throw line rather than watch him throw down uncontested dunks. That’s what we saw here, a lesser player fouling Griffin hard (but cleanly), and him retaliating in outrage. Its fortunate neither player was injured on this play, but until Blake develops some maturity (and some free throw skills) he will continue to hurt his team.

  12. anhdazman - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Griffen gets mugged most of the time out on the court. Even on this play the Guard was already all over Griffin before the pass. Griffin could have pushed him out of his way which would have been more like a Rodman\Pippen push which is much worst. Both guys went down, no harm and it should have been a foul on Ridnour for mugging Griffin prior tot he pass.

  13. anhdazman - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    It’s basketball boy, if you don’t like the contact, stay out of the key.

  14. anhdazman - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    It’s basketball boys, if you don’t like the contact, stay out of the key.

  15. Randall Jenkins - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Pretty horrible reporting.

    1. Ridnour’s “veteran play” wasn’t breaking up the pass (he didn’t, I actually watched the game), it was grabbing Blake’s left arm and starting to pull him down. It’s why the foul was called on Ridnour. If you don’t want to get pulled down by a sprawling player you just took down, you probably shouldn’t foul him. Which brings us to point 2.

    2. Blake’s T was called well after the end of the play, in the timeout, after he walked by the ref and said a little too much. The refs were calling T’s for a lot of verbal comments (see KMart’s T that was while the Clips were at the line) and Blake should have kept his mouth shut and got to the line. Which brings us to point 3.

    3, Blake missed 4 FT’s in the last 3 minutes or so. Forget his T and KMart’s T, he makes one of those and this goes to OT. 25% isn’t much to ask from the line in the last minutes of a tough game. Additionally, no mention of CP3 making a rare miss on his last FT that also could have tied it?

    Sure the T’s were dumb and in the end contributed to a loss, but they weren’t the story because in actuality they were called for verbal comments, not for actual actions.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:45 AM

      There are veteran fouls to break up a sure dunk in a close game. I did watch it happen, still as smart foul. And in these kinds of cases the play is often reviewed before a technical is called.

      • Randall Jenkins - Mar 7, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Let’s stick to the facts. You said he made the veteran play to break up the pass, he fouled him to prevent the dunk. Never said it wasn’t smart, just saying when you foul a guy intentionally, you might get hit going down (and you deserve to). You actually make ZERO mention of Ridnour’s foul in your original post. You’re gonna stand by that as a solid article?

        If you watched the game you probably saw the replay of what happened during the commercial break where Blake walked past the ref and said something and then was immediately T’d up. It wasn’t reviewed, they showed video of the moment it happened (at least on the Clippers broadcast that I saw).

  16. jimsjam33 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Randall Jenkins is the only poster here who got it right . Ridenour fouled Griffin , who was running full bore and about to leap for a monster jam . It was a good foul on Ridenour’s part , but he paid the collateral damage . There was no tech on the foul and the refs did not review the play .
    The tech came when Griffin was walking back towards the official and he whispered a ” sweet nothing into the ref’s ear ” Something to the effect of ” You dumb *$%^&* ” The tech was immediately called and Ridenour took the shot . He made his and then Griffin went to the line and missed two .
    To all you naysayers wise up ! Both Love and Griffin put on a show that night . Love 39 and 17 and Griffin 26 and 14 . The Clippers came from 13 down and had a chance at the end to go into overtime . CP3 missed the tail end of three freethrows ; thus the Clippers lost by a point .
    C’mon Helin , if you are going to report on weather a foul was dirty or not , then you better look at your dirty laundry and reflect if your reporting on this matter is soiled and slanted . I’d say you deserve a flagerant and ejection for this bizzaro observation of yours . At the very least you owe Griffin an apology !

  17. aszarejko - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Horse collar, 15 yards.

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