UPDATE 2:02 pm: The NBA’s league office has made it official — Blake Griffin is suspended for the Clippers Wednesday night game against the Trail Blazers.
The Clippers pretty much expected this as Griffin (as well as J.J. Redick) didn’t even fly up with the team. Doc Rivers likely will be looking to rest guys as much as he can against Portland, although if Oklahoma City stumbles against the Pistons the Clippers can get the No. 2 seed with a win (meaning home court against the Thunder in a possible second round meeting).
10:33 am: DeMarcus Cousins has company.
Blake Griffin became the second player this season to reach 16 technical fouls, a threshold that comes with a one-game suspension (and a $5,000 fine, which followed $45,000 for the first 15 technicals).
Here’s video of the incident (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):
The NBA could still rescind the technical, but if it doesn’t, Griffin will miss tonight’s Clippers-Trail Blazers game. Considering Los Angeles still has a chance for the No. 2 seed, that could be pretty costly.
It almost fits the song: “All I wants for Christmas is healthy knees, healthy knees, healthy knees.”
Chandler Parsons took to Twitter to answer questions from fans, and there were a few good answers in there but my favorite was this one:
Parsons has played in just six games for the Grizzlies this season, missing the start of the season to recover from off-season knee surgery, then now he has missed the last eight games with a knee bone bruise. The banged up Grizzlies could really use his shot creation back in the lineup.
As for other good questions/answers there was this combo, with a little help from ESPN’s Zach Lowe:
And then there’s this for the haters.
Who doesn’t love a good dunk compilation?
Well, somebody probably just said “bah, humbug” but is that the person you really want to hang out with?
The fine folks at NBA.com put together the Top 10 dunks of October and November, and when Rudy Gobert dunking over Kristaps Porzingis is all the way down at 10, you know it’s a good list. Put off starting your Christmas shopping, at least for another 2:44, and watch the video.
Want to watch Chance the Rapper throw dodgeballs at mascots? Of course you do. How is that even a question?
Above you can see just that from Chicago Friday night (where Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls knocked off the Cavaliers). Benny the Bull is on his side as well, while the Cubs’ mascot and others try and stay out of the way.
I’ll take this over another kids’ dribbling contest any day.
That’s about the most Spurs play ever.
During the third quarter of San Antonio’s win over Washington Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge saved the ball from going out-of-bounds on the baseline, he threw it out high to Manu Ginobili, who had to leap and save it from going into the backcourt. Two hustle plays. From there the Spurs whipped the ball around the perimeter, and it ended up back to Aldridge on the baseline, where he nailed the 12-foot jumper.
Eventually, the Spurs would get a Kawhi Leonard jumper to give them the victory.