With all he has done, and how impressively he has done it, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact Blake Griffin still is a rookie, and has some rookie lessons to learn.
Sunday's 108-99 loss to Phoenix provided a reminder.
A frustrated Griffin fouled out for the second time in three games, picked up a technical foul as he departed, and then measured his words carefully about the sixth foul, a charging call on a dunk over Marcin Gortat that inspired several minutes of booing from the Staples Center crowd — as well as a long, hard stare from the departing Griffin.
"I can't really speak on that," Griffin said. "I don't want to get fined any more."
Griffin, who finished with 17 points and a career-low two rebounds, acknowledged being a bit concerned about fouling out twice in such a short period after it happened just twice in the Clippers' first 68 games.
"I understand it a little bit," he said. "We're not really in a playoff race right now. Some of the teams we're playing are, so we're not going to get those. We're not going to get foul calls like that."
Saying he was "definitely" as frustrated about the final call as any he'd encountered this season, he said, "I'll be glad when I'm not a rookie any more."
Chris Kaman — who had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup — understood Griffin's unhappiness.
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