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Blake Griffin’s nose bloodied by Serge Ibaka’s elbow, no foul called by the officials (VIDEO)

May 10, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

This was exactly the kind of play Doc Rivers said he wanted Blake Griffin to try to make offensively in advance of Game 3 against the Thunder, facing up and attacking his defender by using a burst of speed.

The only problem was, Serge Ibaka wasn’t going anywhere.

Late in the third quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Clippers, Griffin tried to do exactly that. He squared up, faked and spun, but Ibaka’s excellent footwork allowed him to stay in front of Griffin.

As the Clippers power forward turned back and gave a head fake, he did so right into the outstretched arm of Ibaka, crashing his nose directly into Ibaka’s elbow, causing some blood to be spilled.

The officials stopped the game momentarily because of the bleeding, but no foul was called on the play, and Griffin was obviously incredulous as to how that could have been the case.

“Hey Scott,” Griffin says to the official. “You see this? How did this happen?”

Just because there was blood doesn’t necessarily mean there was a foul; at the beginning of the sequence, for example, Griffin’s shoulder seems to make contact with Ibaka’s chin, and had that caused a wound, it wouldn’t have been a foul, either.

It’s an example of the physical style that Griffin plays more than anything, and on a night where Griffin finished with 34 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots, it was one of a very few things that didn’t end up going his way.

  1. musician0785 - May 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Griffin has loads of talent, but antics like this, the water throwing incident, constantly starting scrums and then putting his hands up like, “what i do!?!?” makes me dislike him…..a lot

    • asimonetti88 - May 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      seriously… trying to figure out where the foul here would be. solid defense and great footwork by Ibaka

      • antistratfordian - May 10, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        It’s very hard to spot even in slow motion – so I get why the refs missed it – but the foul would be where Ibaka threw his right hand (actually the back of his right wrist) up through Griffin’s nose. And it is a foul.

        Griffin never hit either of Ibaka’s elbows, as some people are suggesting. The exact point of the contact is at 0:13 during the flash.

  2. m4a188 - May 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    If he knew his nose would have bleed he’d be on the floor rolling around.

  3. norcalkingsfan - May 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Blake’s mom never tell him the story of the girl that cried wolf?

    Hey Blake, if you throw your head back, like someone shot you in the face with a shotgun, EVERY time you drive to the rim, then the refs aren’t going to believe it when you actually do draw contact.

    Serves him right. Learn how to play the ball Blake; not the refs.

  4. ulaanbaatarscot - May 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    “it was one of a very few things that didn’t end up going his way.”
    Well this and his team getting the W………..

  5. zoomy123 - May 10, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Lebron had a broken nose and a foul wasn’t called, lol.

    • jimeejohnson - May 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Blake Griffin couldn’t hold LeBron’s jockstrap, because CantonPeaBrain’s got it in his mouth at all times.

    • gameisours - May 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Maybe Ibaka should get a new nickname lol

  6. bucrightoff - May 10, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    Hardly rates in a league where Kobe once broke Mike Bibby’s nose and Bibby got called for the foul.

    • ranfan12 - May 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      his nose ran into the elbow

  7. rhetoric1 - May 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Probably not a foul, but doesn’t diminish the fact that the officiating as a whole has been abysmal throughout the playoffs.

  8. padraighansen - May 10, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Blake Griffin: a very talented, but very childish, player. Homeschooled for a long time. Plays the victim card exceptionally well. Not a nice person off the court, either. Spends too much time whining on the court. He could be totally dominant if he’d just play the damn game and quit acting like the prom queen he dressed up as at OU.

    • imakcds - May 11, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      He’s a PUNK, a WUSS, and a CRYBABY. Always playing the victim is usually what a GIRL does, but Blake does it well.

  9. ProBasketballPundit - May 10, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Puh-lease! Not only did Griffin commit about 15 uncalled offensive fouls in this game, but he committed one on this play. If the Thunder were floppers they’d get Griffin out of the game immediately.

  10. eugenesaxe1 - May 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Karma’s a female dog, Blake.

  11. antistratfordian - May 10, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    The problem is that it looked exactly like one of his flops. So this is a case of the boy who cried wolf.

  12. eureca323 - May 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Where was there an elbow? Only contract I saw with Blake’s face was when he hit himself on the nose with the ball.

  13. urallstupid - May 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    good, f*** that b**** a** n****

  14. bpayton216 - May 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Blake is clumsy on the court most of the time. Good defense from Ibaka. tired of Blakes flopping head snapping

  15. imakcds - May 11, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Blake Griffin makes me sick.
    If you can play as dirty as you do, shut the eff up and take it, just like you give it.
    He’s coddled by the NBA, the ‘new age’ star…
    HE’S A PUNK.
    watch what he does, it will pizz you off.

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