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Serge Ibaka and Matt Barnes ejected after altercation involving Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

Nov 14, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Late in the second quarter of Wednesday’s matchup between the Clippers and the Thunder, Serge Ibaka got tangled up with Blake Griffin while defending him in the post, and flung him towards the ground after being whistled for the foul.

Matt Barnes immediately shoved Ibaka in retaliation, and that was followed by the usual amount of pushing and shoving by all players on the floor that typically happens any time an altercation takes place.

The referees went to the courtside monitors to review the incident, and ejected both Ibaka and Barnes for their respective roles in it all, and Griffin received a technical foul for no apparent reason.

Ibaka’s ejection makes sense, for a couple of reasons. His flinging of Griffin after the play was over was completely unnecessary and got the whole thing started, and as things escalated it appeared as though one of his shoves at Griffin ended up being closer to a punch.

These two have a bit of a history, which may have contributed here. Back in March, Ibaka caught Griffin with a pretty good shot to the groin, but was not ejected for it then. Tonight’s overall episode didn’t seem as severe, but Ibaka’s night is finished.

Oklahoma City was already thin on the front line without starting center Kendrick Perkins, who missed the game due to a death in the family. The Thunder took a 62-53 lead into the half thanks to a three-pointer from Russell Westbrook with two seconds left.

  1. footballguru205 - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Ibaka threw Griffin because Griffin had ibakas arm deliberately pinned down under his armpit. Griffin should have released his arm. And Barnes is a punk, he made the whole thing escalate

    • apkyletexas - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Yeah, because you were there and you know what Griffin was thinking.

      What does Griffin gain by pinning his arm there? The play was over already.

      And yes, Barnes is a punk, but he did the right thing in that situation.

      • sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Do YOU know what Griffin was thinking? The fact is that it doesn’t matter: his actions spoke for him.

  2. jerdogthompson - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Yeah, being that I just left the game (up close) seeing it FIRST hand I will say your WRONG.

    Serge was trying to exert himself in BG and the end result is what you see. Good for Matty for taking his back. Most importantly CLIPPERS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    See u Thursday OKC snatches.

    • padraighansen - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      A smack-talking Clippers fan. Where have you been the last 30 years? I didn’t think those existed.

      • spthegr8 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        ^^^^^^^^ LMAO !!!!!! ^^^^^^^^^^ Welcome to PBT!!

  3. bjornreyes - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Why the hell. Why the hell did Griffin get a tech? Why the hell.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Nov 14, 2013 at 4:06 AM

      Just because. Hardwood Paroxysm’s Andrew Lynch wrote that the unnecessary techs, flagrants and ejections are necessary so as to avoid a repeat of the Malice At The Palace. If it means having the sport of basketball to be ridiculed as “soft” just to keep the game clean, so be that instead of another player-fan altercation like how Ron Artest punched a fan in the bleachers.

      You can read Lynch’s article here:

      • ProBasketballPundit - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        I think all the techs, flagrants and stoppages of play actually escalate the matter. More time for everybody to brood about what happened rather than focus on the game.

    • caleborange1 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      because he held down Ibaka’s arm

  4. acdc363 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Love how Blake just stares straight at Ibaka while he dances around like a fool. Props to Barnes for sticking up for his teammates. Ibaka is so fake LOL

  5. padraighansen - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    By today’s ridiculous NBA rules, both Ibaka and Griffen deserved techs. Griffin had Ibaka’s arm pinned, and Ibaka was also wrong fling him off. It doesn’t escalate without Matt Barnes putting gas on the fire and shoving Ibaka. And The Clips will gladly trade Barnes for Ibaka in a game. Horrible call to eject all players, but it was clear Barnes escalated it.

  6. davidly - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Love it or hate it, what Barnes effectively did was take what might have ended up a T on Ibaka, and turned it into an even greater net gain for the Clippers. A simple shove got the more productive player for his team ejected–and he didn’t even retaliate. Has this been a playoff game, I think more people would have noted this.

    • sabatimus - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      This is why NBA refereeing is a complete joke.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Bill Laimbeer would be ejected from 75% of his games if he played in 2013.

    • nygrwy - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Laimbeer would not be in the NBA in 2013

      • apkyletexas - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        Laimbeer knew when to start a fight, and did get thrown out of plenty of games. He wasn’t out of control – he was just trying to get other guys off their game. He was very effective at that.

        Bill would do fine in today’s game. He was also a consistent scorer, even in the playoffs – something a lot of bigs (like Ibaka) could learn a bit about.

        And don’t call me a homer. I disliked Laimbeer and those Piston teams – usually they were using dirty tactics to beat a team I liked. If Laimbeer wasn’t elbowing someone in the face, Rodman was pinching their butt or punching them in the groin.

      • Kurt Helin - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Laimbeer’s ability as a big to step out to the midrange and knock down jumpers would have him fitting in well in today’s game.

  8. valeb2012 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Possible solution: the escalator should upon review by the league be suspended 2-3 games. Done.

  9. valeb2012 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Addendum: the suspension should extend as long as the escalator’s stats catch up to 1 game of the ejected player. Barnes 3 games for Ibaka. Willie Green, 10 games for Ibaka.

    • padraighansen - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Interesting idea, but you’d need a large enough sample size. For example, ABC role player puts in 19 points in game one of the regular season in mop up duty, gets pushed (like Ibaka) by someone like Garnet…now Garnet would be suspended for 19 games.

      I like where you’re going, there just has to be a big enough sample size.

  10. chrisco716 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    oh give me a break… what are these? SOCCER players? Next thing we’ll see is players standing around covering their groins with two hands and falling down and crying when someone comes too close. Oh, Blake Griffin already does that.

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