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Serge Ibaka will not be punished by league for shot to Blake Griffin’s groin

May 12, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin have had a physical series and a few entanglements — there was Griffin’s bloody nose, for one (a good no call by the refs, Griffin brought his head back through a still Ibaka).

Then there was this from Game 4:

Ibaka has landed a blow to Griffin’s nether regions before, but for this one there is no punishment coming, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Sorry Clipper fans, that’s another good call by the league. The fine part, I mean. There should have been a foul called on the play, Griffin was struck while in the act of shooting.

But there was no intent from Ibaka. He was trying to be physical with Griffin as Griffin drove to the rim, then Ibaka ran into Perkins who shoved Ibaka in the back essentially throwing him into Griffin.

Should have been a foul call, but there is no action deserving a suspension or fine there.

  1. money2long - May 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Good. ‘Twas Unintentional.

  2. antistratfordian - May 12, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Whoa. People are completely missing what Ibaka is doing here. This is a classic Bad Boys Pistons move. It’s the limp wrist punch. He did the exact same thing when he bloodied Blake’s nose. He makes his hand limp but is still trying to hit you with his the back of his wrist. He does that so it doesn’t look intentional when the refs review it, but it is absolutely intentional.

  3. savvybynature - May 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Seemed like it could have been sneaky intentional to me. Hard to tell. Difficult to interpret intent, but either way, I’d much rather get smushed in the face by Z Bo on purpose than jacked in the jewels by Ibaka on accident.

  4. rodyaugu - May 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Ibaka done this before.

  5. blueintown - May 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM


  6. jmblosser82 - May 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Good to see things being called the same for all teams.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      I bet Memphis is peeved about this. I think that Ibaka was just a tad better at hiding his intentions than Randolph was (regarding his “punch” on Adams).

  7. ProBasketballPundit - May 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    When I’m watching the greatest athletes in the world making breathtaking plays and exhibiting otherworldly balance & control… I find it hard to believe anything is an accident. Obviously Ibaka was crashed into and his arm shoved forward, but that was a fist shot straight to the groin. I think it was a happy accident for Ibaka.

  8. sonnysuave - May 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Perkin’s sole assist… if it can be called that (since he never touches the ball on offense)!

  9. titansbro - May 12, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Greatest athletes in the world? Lol. Great athletes don’t fall to the floor every time they get breathed on.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Basketball players, IMO, are the best and most skilled athletes in the world. The don’t get to specialize like in any other sport (baseball has DH. football has offense/defense/sepcial teams. hockey has defenseman, etc.). They have to dribble when they move with the ball (unlike other sports with balls/pucks), they have to shoot the ball into a high, small hoop to score, and they have to play both sides of the ball (offense and defense). No other sport that I can think of (of the major sports) requires the player to be well versed in all facets.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        *special teams

  10. antistratfordian - May 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    People aren’t really appreciating what Ibaka is doing here – but he is doing it intentionally and as rodyaugu said, “Ibaka done this before.”

  11. jerdogthompson - May 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Don’t worry revenge is best served on a COLD plate. The plan is to send in a 3rd stringer and give Ibaka a taste of his own medicine. Let’s see how he likes it, a man does not punch another man in the family jewels. Had there not been last years incident Id be willing to give a pass, this was as intentional as last years nut punch.

    Just when you least expect it you dirty filthy POS is when the fist will accidentally hit your nut sack. Let me know how that suits you ibaka.

  12. duhwighthoward - May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Watch the video again. Blake Griffin hit Ibaka in the groin first.

    • fm31970 - May 13, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      He pushed Ibaka back, and it look like he got his upper thigh. Ibake CLEARLY aimed at Griffin’s crotch, and definitely swung. Ibaka’s move was intentional, not a reaction from being “pushed” from behind by a teammate.

      Should’ve been a fine, no question. Is Bill Laimbeer the NBA’s guy in charge of fining players now?

  13. cheochida - May 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    I grew up watching the Shaq led Lakers, and he took some big beating. But watching Blake the last couple of years, I don’t think Shaq had it easier. Blake just can’t be stop. He takes most flagrant fouls than the next three players combined.

  14. fanofthegame79 - May 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I love how people are saying “Ibaka was pushed by Perkins”. When, if ever, has anyone been “pushed” and only have one arm piston out to hit an opposing player (one whom you have history with, mind you) in the groin?

  15. kavika6 - May 14, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    NBA clearly wants OKC to go to the Finals.

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