Ibaka: I Did Not Hurt Griffin Intentionally
With 1:52 remaining in the game, it became particularly physical when Thunder forward Serge Ibaka was whistled for a Flagrant I foul after punching former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin in the groin.
“He hit my hands away,” Ibaka told reporters afterward. “He’s strong, so when he grabs you, your jersey or whatever, and you try to defend yourself and rebound. So maybe you can do some move, not to hurt, (but) just to get good position, but then something happens where you get hurt in the paint. It’s not anything where I want to try to hurt him. I’m not that kind of person. I just try to play hard, and that’s it.”