Ibaka hits Griffin below waist, not ejected
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Sometimes, Blake Griffin flops. This wasn’t one of those times.
The Los Angeles Clippers forward took a hard, clearly intentional punch below the belt from Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka during Sunday afternoon’s 108-104 loss.
The punch came on a supposed box-out attempt. Clippers forward Matt Barnes launched (and made) a three-pointer from the corner, which pulled the Clippers to down three as the Thunder’s big lead melted away. Griffin got position on Ibaka, who dropped his hand into the front of Griffin’s shorts to drop the All-Star.
The worst part: Ibaka was called for a flagrant 1 foul, meaning he stayed in the game. Ibaka proceeded to make a big layup, convert the free throw after Griffin fouled him and throw in a huge block on a Barnes layup.
Basically, the Thunder wouldn’t have won Sunday’s game without Ibaka’s clutch play down the stretch. The stretch he probably should have been barred from playing because that foul was ridiculous.… [For more on Serge Ibaka hits Blake Griffin below waist, not ejected, click here.]