An entertaining NBA game got more fun in the third quarter Thursday night with a little shoving match between the littlest guy on the court and one of the biggest. The judges would have scored it a TKO for J.J. Barea, even though he's the one who ended up getting taken down. When Barea got caught by a Blake Griffin screen as he was waiting for Chris Paul to dribble up the court, Barea didn't want his man to get open. So he gave Griffin a little push. Griffin pushed back and Barea, who clearly doesn't feel like he has to pick on people his own size, shoved Griffin to the court with two hands to the shoulder area Bear in mind that Griffin outweighs Barea by 65 pounds and is 10 inches taller. It was that play - on which Barea got ejected - that ignited the Mavericks and their crowd for a 97-95 victory over the Clippers. "It energized the building, got our team going on a certain level," coach Rick Carlisle said. "But watching Griffin's cat-that-ate-the-canary smile tells you the whole story about that play. That's all you have to look at." The implication there is that Griffin flopped, something he's been accused of before. Regardless, Barea received a flagrant foul, penalty two, which carries with it an automatic ejection.
Mavs' Carlisle on Barea ejection: Griffin's 'cat that ate the canary smile' tells the story of that play
Sports Day | Mar 24