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Suns’ P.J. Tucker suspended one game for blow to head of Blake Griffin

Mar 11, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

P.J. Tucker had to know this was coming the second it happened. So did his coach, who tried to defend him anyway.

Phoenix’s Tucker has been suspended one game for “elbowing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the chin” the league announced on Tuesday. Tucker will sit out Wednesday night when the Suns host the Cavaliers.

The incident happened midway through the fourth quarter. Griffin had the ball in the post with Tucker on his back, Griffin passed the ball out and when the three ball went up the two fought for rebounding position. Tucker and Griffin got tangled up, went to the ground and Griffin landed top — that’s when Tucker threw the elbow, which was really a forearm swing in an attempt to get Griffin off of him.

“We got tangled up and went down and, you know,” Griffin said after the game with a little smirk.”Took a little forearm. But you know, it happens.”

“(Tucker) got tackled, I’m not even sure how the foul was on him,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “He’s standing there, Blake takes him right to the ground and rolls on top of him and he’s just trying to get him off. I don’t know why that would be a suspension.”

Yes you did. Nice try. This was the right call by the league.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    When will the league take a hint that maybe Griffin is the instigator?

    – Zebo
    – Boggut
    – PJ Tucker
    – Many more…

    See a trend?

    • k3nn3k - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Yeah I see a trend…you just listed some of the most short tempered players in the NBA

      • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        And now you are aware of the brilliance of Griffin’s shenanigans.

    • kinggw - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      No, but its time Griffin heeded the advice of Sir Charles. Until he knocks the crap out of somebody this is going to continue to happen.

    • antistratfordian - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Yeah, Blake was trying to get under his skin a little bit – actually, it looks like he was trying to get in to his pants. Talk about an uncomfortable position to be in with another man. Doesn’t justify a punch thrown though… wait a second – it might.

    • csiegert4 - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Of course you’re getting a lot of thumbs down – b/c the typical NBA fan is a complete moron. Blake Griffin’s antics are beyond ridiculous…if he were a role player…say Matt Barnes, Ron Artest, Kendrick Perkins, he’d be T’d up and suspended very regularly. But b/c the NBA loves to protects its “stars” (I use that word VERY loosely) everyone drops to their knees for him b/c they’re flat out dumb. He’s flat out tackled Tucker, it wasn’t even questionable…he stopped vying for position and just tackled Tucker then landed on top of him on purpose as Tucker was trying to just gain defensive rebounding position. It’s so ridiculous.

    • calkinsrob - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      Who cares griffin isnt punching anyone.

      • reesesteel23 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM

        Exactly. People trying to justify a forearm to someones head lol. Come on man.

  2. campcouch - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    The whole event was lame. Two techs should’ve been it. Griffin did the “take down flop”,PJ probably didn’t enjoy a man laying on top of him and pushed his noggin to get him off. They meowed at each other and that was it.

  3. hammerhead5573 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Gotta love how big and bad basket ball players are. As soon as they are broke up by the refs. All of a sudden they start acting like they need the entire team to hold them back. Tucker, is a real tuff guy, not.

  4. losanginsight - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    People need to stop making excuses for this flopper. He got punched because he deserved it. You can clearly see he pulled down PJ. The clippers have been a good regular season team that can’t cut it in the playoffs. Doc can’t help this team either. How many rings did he get with KG, Paul, Rondo, and Allen? Only one more than he will get with this team.

  5. ufools - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    The trend? Yeah, players feel stupid when they play against them. Kinda a ‘small guy syndrome’ on the court.

    They take exception to looking stupid.

    • csiegert4 - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      He’s a mediocre NBA player, get over yourself with that nonsense.

  6. jerdogthompson - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM


    It’s refreshing to see someone on this site with an actual IQ. Listening to some of these dorks the image of either a pimply faced in petulant kid with no clue about life or some 30 something living in their parents basement comes to mind.

    BG is not only one of the best players in the league, he’s a positive role model. You are correct, getting embarrassed on the court is a strong motivator. Not to mention what he makes for playing combined with the fact every one of these guys turns on the TV they are bound to see him. Now throw in rumors of him and Kate Upton having a little fling and yeah if he didn’t play for my Clippers I would be hating as well. The simple fact is they are freaking jealous of everything BG has that they will never have. Enjoy haters, he will only continue to get better.


  7. abchome - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Right call. Did Griffin pushed Tucker and fell on him? Maybe, that’s a foul or a technical if so. Did Tucker threw a punch or elbow? Definitely, that’s an ejection and suspension.

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