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It’s official: Blake Griffin suspended for Wednesday’s game due to 16th technical foul

Apr 16, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

UPDATE 2:02 pm: The NBA’s league office has made it official — Blake Griffin is suspended for the Clippers Wednesday night game against the Trail Blazers.

The Clippers pretty much expected this as Griffin (as well as J.J. Redick) didn’t even fly up with the team. Doc Rivers likely will be looking to rest guys as much as he can against Portland, although if Oklahoma City stumbles against the Pistons the Clippers can get the No. 2 seed with a win (meaning home court against the Thunder in a possible second round meeting).

—Kurt Helin

10:33 am: DeMarcus Cousins has company.

Blake Griffin became the second player this season to reach 16 technical fouls, a threshold that comes with a one-game suspension (and a $5,000 fine, which followed $45,000 for the first 15 technicals).

Here’s video of the incident (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

The NBA could still rescind the technical, but if it doesn’t, Griffin will miss tonight’s Clippers-Trail Blazers game. Considering Los Angeles still has a chance for the No. 2 seed, that could be pretty costly.

  1. jsala02 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    That should be a tech. Watched the Rockets and Spurs game Monday and there were techs called on Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan for half of that.

    • spursareold - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Duncan’s was actually rescinded.

      I thought Blake was a little smarter than this. If OKC slips up tonight, they still had a chance at #2 in the WC.

      • brookwell2013 - Apr 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Yup, that’s a T in today’s NBA. Love him or hate him if you watch the video Blake really whacked him across the face……..no biggie really, OKC is not losing to Detroit tonight……..

  2. jerdogthompson - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Doc said JJ & BG would not make the trip regardless if the suspension was rescinded or not.

    #InDocwetrust

  3. misremembered72 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    I don’t understand how that’s a tech. the whistle happened right before the nuggets player went up for a layup so blake doesn’t know if its a foul on him and a possible and one scenario. rescind!

  4. au1978 - Apr 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Refs are increasingly calling techs for things that used to be regular personal fouls or flagrants. I mean, am I missing some type of rule change?

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    All I have to say is Rasheeeeed WALLACE! He got 41 techs in a single season and had enough technical fouls over his career to be suspended in 19 different seasons. Baller!

  6. savvybynature - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Doesn’t look super egregious to me, but if the shoe was on the other foot and someone smacked Griffin in the face like that after a play was already over, you can bet every fake-tough guy on the Clippers would get in that guy’s face and Doc Rivers would tell the media after that it was the worst foul he’s ever seen and he expects a suspension.

  7. andreboy1 - Apr 16, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Cousins gets destroyed for his techs but nobody even talks about Blake and his problems with the refs.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      a lot of those problems come from being tangled up and hardly doing anything though, double technicals

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