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Blake Griffin: Warriors were ‘cowardly.’ Andrew Bogut: Yeah, so? We won

Dec 27, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

Blake Griffin, Andrew Bogut, DeAndre Jordan, Darren Collison

Draymond Green elbowed Blake Griffin in the face, and then Andrew Bogut grabbed Griffin and refused to release.

So, of course, Griffin was ejected from the Clippers-Warriors game on Christmas.

Green took a total dirty shot, and seeing an opportunity to get an opposing All-Star ejected, Bogut seized it with another non-basketball play.

There are a lot of words to describe what the Warriors did. I would have used “cheap,” but Griffin uses another one that’s also apt.

Griffin, via Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said. “It all boils down to they (the referees) fell for it. To me, that’s cowardly. That’s cowardly basketball.”

“Instead of just playing straight up and playing a game, it got into something more than that, and it’s unfortunate because you want to play a team head-to-head,” Griffin said. “You don’t want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball.”

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Bogut responded to that charge, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

“We did whatever it took to win the game,” said center Andrew Bogut, who was involved in two scuffles, one leading to Griffin’s fourth-quarter ejection – automatic after two technical fouls – and the other involving star point guard Chris Paul after the final buzzer.

“We made the big plays toward the end. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and their comments. We’re not really affected by that. We’d rather be called cowards and come out with a win.”

There’s a difference between being called cowards and being cowards.

If the Warriors were simply mislabeled as cowards and came out with a win, that would be one thing. But the way they manipulated the referees to get a star player ejected, there was no mistaken judgment here.

Doing what it takes to win the game is not a defense in itself. Nobody praises Tonya Harding for doing whatever it takes to win and criticizes Nancy Kerrigan for being too soft. There’s clearly a line somewhere.

I have no problem with physical play. But when its purpose is solely to get an opponent – who barely, if at all, reacts – ejected, that goes way too far.

I’d like to see the Clippers and Warriors settle this where it should have been settled Wednesday: on the basketball court.

Barring any more cheap – or cowardly or whatever you want to call them – tricks, we should get that chance Jan. 30. And if Kurt gets his wish, one I share, at least four bonus opportunities in the playoffs.

  1. asimonetti88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    As the picture shows, it’s not like Griffin just stood there following the Bogut foul. He did go back at Bogut. Did that deserve an ejection? No. But it’s not like he didn’t react at all.

    • theromeo2k - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      So? Do you want him to stay standing around while he’s being hit/grabbed like a wuss?

    • muhangis - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      what do you expect the guy to do??? Not react at all as if he is a mannequin. Would you let somebody slap and elbow your face repeatedly in that way? Idk how many countless # of players would react so much worse!! I’m a Laker fan and not real fond of the Clippers, but this is pure INJUSTICE. Sorry you are too blind to see that.

      • kingtotz - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

        I know most of you would disagree with me but, if it would mean you could stay on court and play, yes! you are needed in that game to win. it’s not about being coward or being tough; it’s playing smart!

    • muhangis - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      You have to be bias and a Golden State fan or something!

  2. gquesen - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Bogut really is a punk. He tried pulling this garbage against the Blazers about a month ago. In that case, the Blazers won and Bogut just came out looking pathetic.

  3. bknowledge - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Blake shouldn’t have been ejected.

    But, the play started with him barreling into Bogut and a quick grab of the back of Bogut’s jersey.

    After Bogut grabbed his jersey, Blake could have simply backed off and raised his hands when Bogut didn’t let go/instead of trying to push Bogut off…Bogut would have looked like a fool and would have been the only one receiving discipline. Not that your average player would do that or even that backing off is the right play.

    Refs got this all wrong…its the refs fault…

    It was also ridiculous that the refs gave Bogut a flagrant foul.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      Griffin flops enough that I’m hardly shedding a tear over the bad call.

    • muhangis - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      I have seen replay of the incident about 40 – 60 times. I’m not sure if you are either hallucinating or are just pure blind. Anything (if at all) which Griffin did on that play was pale in comparison to Bogut’s actions, Bogut was 150x worse the aggressor.

  4. Craig W. - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Griffin has a rep in the league – and it includes with the refs. He is the one who his going to have to change that rep and that includes being less emotional about perceived slights. All good players get targeted; it’s just that the really good ones determine ahead of time (mostly) how to respond.

  5. thomaskouns - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Total double standard in the media here,”.

    K. Garnett ‘a well known ‘cheap shot artist’ would get described with words like “winner”, “competitor”, “passion”, “win at all costs” where as Bogut is labeled as ‘cowardly.’

  6. carolinakid - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Grffin flops so much he should be playing World cup soccer, not Pro bball.

  7. davidly - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Oh dear. Griffin is Nancy Kerrigan now. Not a good development. He’d do well to study the Worm in game 1 of the ’96 Finals: might not be too late even though his rep precedes him and the league is tending toward ejections that shouldn’t have been.

  8. norcalkingsfan - Dec 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    “If you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game,” Griffin said. “It all boils down to they (the referees) fell for it. To me, that’s cowardly. That’s cowardly basketball.”

    “Instead of just playing straight up and playing a game, it got into something more than that, and it’s unfortunate because you want to play a team head-to-head,” Griffin said. “You don’t want to start playing other games and playing cowardly basketball.”

    … you mean like flopping?

    GFY blake.

  9. philtration - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Is this the very same Blake Griffin that made all of the highlight reels by giving Pau Gasol a forearm to the head on a dunk?
    And then the refs actually called the foul on Gasol.

    Cry me a river Blake.

  10. ufools - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Yep, cowards. That about sums it up. Only GSW fans think otherwise.

  11. jburk003 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Wow. All you writers are sooo Blake Griffin biased. Blake griffin instigates altercations all of the time. It’s NOT a coincidence that Griffin just happens to be involved in these altercations so frequently.

    The clippers are punks. How many did CP3 go up to an opposing player after a dead ball and slap the ball out of their hands?? Stay classy, CP3.

    You act as if it was GSWs gameplan to get him thrown out. Blake Griffin could have easily walked away from the “cowardly” actions. Maybe the officials got the call wrong. But officials get calls wrong every game, every quarter. So stop crying. You act as if this was the first time officials blew a call in a game.

    Do you remember the Spurs v. Heat championship series and the controversial calls that weren’t called for the spurs??? I sure as heck do. 2 blatant fouls in the last seconds that were NOT called that would have put the spurs ahead of the heat. That’s some officiating you should be talking about- not this.

    GSW was the better team and made the crucial plays that mattered. What I find comical is the fact that you writers believe Griffin could have changed the outcome. Was he gonna take a deep 3 to take the lead, instead of Chris Paul??

    Didn’t think so.

  12. mojowheelz - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Bogut’s comments echo the way their coach thinks….if you can’t beat them then rally the refs to your side. Jackson manipulated the refs in the playoff series against the Nuggets last year because players were actually being physical with his precious Stephany. Hopefully the league finally figures out this GSW game plan and puts a stop to it.

    • 808rude - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Funny, Nuggets physical with Steph….Bogut and Warriors push back as to show they won’t be shoved around, totally intimidating the Nuggets bigs and making them non factors, but it was Jackson and the refs who took control of the series and worked the Nuggets……HILARIOUS!!! Everybody likes their players and teams to be the big bully’s, until they get shoved back…….then its not fair, Bogut is a thug, the refs aren’t calling it right…….What a Joke!!!

  13. losanginsight - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Blake is 2ply’s away from being as soft as Pau Gasol. Pau has 2 rings. Blake and flop city have a sense of entitlement because a coach with 1 ring took over? This team is a joke. They lost in back to back nights to real contending teams. This team will only got as far as Blake’s flopping can take them.

  14. boscoesworld - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Isn’t it a little late in the season for Bogus to still be playing?

  15. lunasceiling - Dec 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Bogut: “We did whatever it took to win the game. (…) We’d rather be called cowards and come out with a win.”

    Yeah, we get it, Bogut: you have no character and no concept of sportsmanship. Way to reinforce that “descendents of criminals” stereotype.

  16. northstarnic - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    So it’s the warriors team’s fault that the refs blew the call?
    Boo hoo for Blake. The refs screwed up, that doesn’t make the warriors cowardly or manipulative. How about you hold the bums in stripes accountable instead of being a reactionary clippers fan.

  17. jokersmokermidnight - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Soft. What the hell is happening to professional sports? Can hit anyone in football without getting a flag. Can’t hit catchers at home plate. And I don’t know what’s become of NBA players these days.

  18. 808rude - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Surely it was Dramond being dirty that caused the elbow, couldn’t have been reaction to a shot Blake took earlier or something Blake said. I’m sure all you well connected NBA insiders know for a fact that was not in reaction to anything Blake might have done. Hey Blake feel free to mix in a jump shot or an actual post move. If you could do that from time to time maybe the refs wouldn’t be so quick with the whistle every time you go barreling into the paint like a bumper car. Perhaps you should have listened to David Lee last year when he yelled in your face to stop flopping!! Blake is the softest 260 pound power forward ever! He has learned well from Master CP3 who likes to play tough thug on one end and then flops like a deck of cards on the other! If you wrap your arm around large ill tempered australian and grab his jersey to try to get rebounding position be prepared to be pushed backed and grabbed also!! Not the Warriors fault you got nailed for a 2nd T. I have more respect for guys like Matt Barnes, Dramond Green and Bogut who understand the term no quarter given, no quarter expected.

  19. rickeye9 - Dec 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Hahaha Griffin, just play straight up basketball??? umm STOP FLOPPING!!! that’s not basketball!! if you try to make the case, it works if the refs call it, then what Bogut did is the same thing!! This whole thing is stupid, if you flop, you should get a technical and this would never be an issue, players wouldn’t manipulate the refs because they wouldn’t be allowed too!! and CP3 is the biggest manipulator in the league!! That is all

  20. aldavis4president - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    You wanna cry and complain about every call Blake??? How about we give you something to cry about!! Griffin did the same thing to green and smiled about it before green gave him the whack to the face! Griffin and cp3 are such crybabies and I think some players just have had enough. If you watch the game cp3 was pouting and yelling and slapping the ball out of iggys/boguts hands after the whistle like a little girl. Clippers really can’t accept the warriors are just as good ir even better then they are!! DUB NATION BABY!!!

  21. 24thesho - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Bogut will be paid back with a a couple of very humiliating dunks from Griffin. Just wait.

  22. raycharlesj - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    2 plays before Draymond Green elbowed Griffin in the throat, Griffin had hit Green in the back under the Clippers basket during a rebound. Griffin has done those sneaky cheap shots before in many games and then plays innocent victim when somebody retaliates he is getting a bad reputation for those sneaky cheap shots. he is more the coward then Green, Green hit him in the throat in plain view at mid-court in front of the WORLD!!! where both teams, everybody watching TV, both benches and coaches, Referees, even the ballboys could see.

  23. iblack501 - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    this cowardly play by the warriors is showing to be a pattern. last year rhibbert got suspended for backing up from a advancing aggressive curry. mjackson is cool but is he cultivating thuggish bball?

  24. jerdogthompson - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Like I said before, I’d be ashamed and embarrassed to be a warrior fan. Let the refs give you a game at home that you barely and I do mean BARELY won with our second best guy out.

    And for all you freaking morons accusing BG of flopping, how many warnings does he have? NONE! Morons.

    Oh yeah and to the other set of MORONS saying BG doesn’t have a jump shot or post move. Do yourself a favor and bone up on your NBA knowledge, BG is ahead if just about every power forward in the league in all categories. Freaking MORONS.

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