Los Angeles Clippers v Atlanta Hawks

Blake Griffin shows Al Horford he could start for Steelers Sunday, loses game


In a development that’s certain not to spark useless debates between people regarding the words “excessive,” “soft,” and “good hard fouls,” Blake Griffin fouled the ever loving mercy out of Al Horford on a last second game-winning drive attempt. Griffin went straight up, kind of, rose both arms to block the shot, made a play on the ball, then made contact, demolished Horford into pieces, then followed through with his arms all the way to the floor.

The sickening “whump” of Horford’s back hitting the floor pretty much put the cap on the whole horrific scene which was less of a standard foul and more of the fouling equivalent of one of Griffin’s dunks. Griffin was charged with a flagrant foul. Horford finally, somehow, someway, shook off what was obviously intense pain and hit both free throws. The Hawks inbounded. Game over.

The video, sirs and madams:

So yeah, that’s a basketball snuff film.

The debate will obviously center around whether Griffin deserved the flagrant foul, as he clearly made a play on the ball. The debate will again turn to the definition of “excessive” and everyone will focus more on Griffin’s angle of trajectory rather than anything he does with his arms and hands before or after the shot attempt, and will equally ignore his follow through (check out the :47 second mark, specifically.

But the flagrant was within reason, considering the recklessness, which Griffin is both reknown and terrified because of, and the chance of injury for the opposing player. The other side will naturally draw comparisons to Chris Bosh talking about not diving for a loose ball. The fact that this is irrelevant will be lost on them, and instead we’ll turn to arguing the definition of “tough.”

Ah, Blake Griffin. Ushering in a new era of the same arbitrary debates.

In an unrelated note, foul or no foul, flagrant or not flagrant, can you believe Horford hit those free throws after that hit? Are you watching Dwight Howard?

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.