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Video: Robin Lopez’ flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct.

But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN — the Clippers were up three when this happened. Griffin got two foul shots but he is a terrible free throw shooter and hit one of them. Mo Williams of the Clippers got a technical for his reaction on the play, the Suns Sebastian Telfair hit that free throw. It’s a wash. Lopez was ejected but that just brings the superior Marcin Gortat back into the game for Phoenix. The Suns played with more fire after the foul and got a win they needed. I’m not condoning the play in the least, but the fact is it worked out for the Suns.

  1. chitownjeff - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Shot to the head/neck area.. Lopez needs to be suspended for four games at least. Do we really want that trashfire that is NHL hockey where their best players are going out on stretchers by hack players.. (talkin to you Raffi Torres you scumbag) ..

    • 28loose - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Four games? Bynum only got 5 on his elbow shot on Barrea and that was much worse. I doubt he gets suspended.

  2. davidly - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    It looked like he was going for the ball to me and it looked like Griffin was selling it to me. Didn’t look harsh or brutal at all. He went around the head to try to reach the ball, which he didn’t manage to. And I am not tolerant of flagrants at all.

    • deadeyedesign23 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      Yeha that’s how I read it too. He’s got his hand up until Blake fakes with the ball and Lopez goes down after it. It’s obviously a foul, but I really don’t think it was intentional.

    • somekat - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      I got the same read. It was a hard foul, but IMO, not even worth a Flargrant II, a regular flagrant would of been fine. If he would of went straight down on his head it would of been one thing, but he went around it. Looked more like a Griffin sell job than all that hard of a foul (obviously it was at least in part a sell-job, you don’t stay down that long, then just pop up with no problems)

      All in all, I’d say the call was a bit overzealous, but not ridiculously so.

      Any call for a suspension is a joke

      • davidly - Apr 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

        @deadeyedesign23 and somekat:
        I agree, maaaaybe a flagrant 1, but honestly, I just think it’s a regular foul.

        I hadn’t seen that much of Griffin except for all the viral dunk vids going around, but have recently seen some flops.

        It seems to me that the flopper/actor criticism that’s been leveled against him is valid. And considering how bad he is at it, if the refs continue to give him the calls, his rep is going to suffer with players and fans alike eventually. It may end up working against him in the long run.

  3. mat9844 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Another cheap shot from a player who doesn’t have the talent or smarts to stop Blake Griffin any other way. Lopez was out to stop Griffin by any means possible and this was the way he chose- personally, I think Lopez should be out for the rest of the season.

    • somekat - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      If you CAN be stopped on a 3 on 1 break without a foul, you shouldn’t be in the NBA

    • sunsbro - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Couldn’t stop Blake Griffin? He didn’t have a field goal in the second half and was a complete non factor, especially after the hard fouls. Seems like if you rough him up a little, he disappears.

  4. senorpapino - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    The elbow by Wade last night was clearly a cheap shot and only got a flagrant 1. This looked like a hard foul from a play on the ball. Refs need more consistency.

  5. jesweeney11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    That is just a hard foul. I don’t see any ill intention and it is playoff time folks. Pull your girlie shorts and get ready to play.

  6. atom665 - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Maybe all that mean mugging and stare downs are not so great after all. Personally, Griffin is a punk bitch and get what he deserves. I hope it continues.

  7. raidmagic - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Flagrant foul? That’s a no call in Orlando. Griffin is such an actor that was better than his Kia commercials.

  8. telergy - Apr 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Not flagarent at all. Griffin even flopped on the end of the foul.

  9. hodaghunter - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Nice flop there and laying on the floor like a European soccer player…

  10. BigBeachBall - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    anybody else think that griffin will tone down his dunks after last nights game?

  11. ravissevens - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    I’m loving the hard hits on Griffin. He flops and acts like he’s been shot too much. On this hit most players would jump up to go at Lopez not hold their head which barely gets touched.
    Overrated is Mr Griffin.

  12. abchome - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Lopez was after the ball. But he could only reach the head of Griffin unless his arm was a feet longer and his elbow could bend 360 degree.

    Flagrant 1 on the floor and flagrant 2 in the air. Easy!

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