If Blake Griffin delivers one of his best dunks of the season, and you hear him fouling out, does it still make a sound? Well, yes … and no. The sound was Griffin loudly protesting referee Steve Javie's charging call on him — which got the rookie a technical near the end of the Suns' 108-99 win against the Clippers on Sunday. Griffin grabbed the ball after the call and sprinted with it down the court, throwing his head back in disbelief, and leaned over in gut-wrenching dismay. All that was missing was Griffin, who fouled out on the play, screaming: Why, Steve, why? His flying one-handed dunk over the Suns' Marcin Gortat was virtually Mozgov-ian. And, for the record, Phoenix Coach Alvin Gentry thought the Griffin dunk was even better than his signature posterizing of Timofey Mozgov, who was then with the New York Knicks, earlier in the season. "That was one hell of a dunk," said Gentry, unprompted. "I don't care if it was a charge. That might be as impressive of a dunk as I've seen in the NBA in 23 years. I think that was the best dunk he's had since he was in the league." That information was passed along to Griffin in the Clippers' locker room and it managed to even draw a small smile from the frustrated power forward, who has fouled out of two of the last three games. "Well, it doesn't count, so, I don't think Steve Javie thinks that," Griffin said. Tired, and frustrated and angry. And that just wasn't the unsettled Staples Center crowd that hit Javie with a loud chorus of boos with the Clippers trailing by double digits when Griffin exited. Griffin, too, was running the gamut of negative emotion after he was six for 18 from the field for 17 points and grabbed a mere two rebounds, getting his sixth foul with 4:09 remaining in the game.
Blake Griffin and Clippers are frustrated in 108-99 loss to Suns
Los Angeles Times | Mar 21