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David West gets $15,000 fine from league for elbow to Blake Griffin’s head

Jan 19, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

It wasn’t much of an elbow, but it was one during a dead ball and the league has not looked kindly on it.

David West of the Indiana Pacers got a $15,000 for the above elbow to Blake Griffin‘s head, during the Pacers’ 106-92 win over the Clippers Saturday. West was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game for that play.

It had been a chippy, physical game between the Pacers and Clippers, but this was a clear elbow thrown to the head after the whistle. West and Griffin both were trying to play the silly “I have to control the ball after play” game that doesn’t really work as a tactic on good teams. It was a silly foul.

  1. miamiheatdynasty - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    He didn’t pull that crap with Udonis Haslem. And Haslem was up in his grill.

  2. aldavis4president - Jan 19, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    The clippers are a bunch of pansy’s.

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I like David West but that was an unnecessary punk move.

    It seems like it was too harsh to be ejected but any blow to the head is an automatic ejection. The refs got it right.

  4. buddydeath - Jan 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Dwayne Wade suckered Lance Stevenson with a flying elbow to the head last year in the playoffs and all he received was no Foul and a day later a flagrant 1.
    Nothing like this should ever happen but the dirty play of Dwayne Wade still sticks in my head. Hey NBA next time on the big stage when a superstar does this. Eject them out of the game.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Well this was a little more serious – not to mention obvious – than what happened between Wade and Stephenson (a forearm shiver and a flop). And unlike that, this could’ve easily escalated into a brawl. West was clearly irritated about something and even tried to give DeAndre Jordan the business on the way back to the bench.

  5. nawlinsmitty - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    West is such a punk. All mouth just like the rest of his team.

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