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Kevin McHale on Clippers complaining that Rockets shot too many free throws: ‘Well, quit hacking us’


Game 2 between the Rockets and the Clippers was far from an aesthetic masterpiece.

While Houston will take the result — a very necessary come-from-behind victory that evened the best-of-seven series at a game apiece — it was an ugly contest that saw the Rockets go to the free throw line an insane 64 times.

L.A. was predictably less than pleased with this aspect of the loss.

“You’re not going to win many games when the other team shoots 64 free throws and they make more free throws than we even attempted,” Blake Griffin said after Game 2.

A day later, Rockets coach Kevin McHale fired back with a somewhat expected response.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

“I heard them saying, ‘Well, they shot too many free throws.’ Well, quit hacking us,” McHale said. “We shoot a lot of free throws when you decide that you’re just going to get in the penalty and start hacking everybody. You end up (with your opponent) shooting a lot of free throws when you put in your backup, backup center (Ekpe Udoh) to just grab guys.

“James (Harden) goes downhill and plays hard. There’s a lot of contact when James plays. I can show you every game, five where he clearly gets grabbed and they don’t call. But I mean, James runs downt he floor. The referees are not trying to screw anybody. It’s a hard game to referee. I’m the worst referee in practices you’ve ever seen. I never blow my whistle. It’s a tough game to call. I don’t put too much into all that.”

Harden led the league in free throw attempts during the regular season, and in fact attempted more (824) than the player who finished second was able to make (Russell Westbrook, 546).

Add in the intentional fouls, along with the way Houston plays the percentages in taking their shots almost exclusively from beyond the arc or in the paint, and McHale is right — if the Clippers want to keep Houston off of the line, they’ll simply need to do a much better job defensively.

McHale appeared on Sports Talk 790 radio in Houston and had plenty more to say on the subject.

Report: Blake Griffin got upset with call, spat on court


Doc Rivers got fined for criticizing the officials after the Clippers’ Game 5 loss to the Spurs.

What is the statute of limitations on penalties from that game?

Asking for Blake Griffin.

Bill Simmons Grantland:

I guess you can say “Champion teams don’t do this.” But I don’t think lottery teams do, either.

Seriously, what team does this?

And how did Griffin get away with it?

Clippers fans can (rightly) complain about Chris Paul getting a cheap technical late in the game, but if Simmons description is accurate, the Clippers came out ahead. Griffin definitely deserved a tech for what Simmons described.

At least Ekpe Udoh didn’t have to clean it up this time (as he did for Matt Barnes earlier in the series):

That poor ball boy this time, though.

Not being so gross in Game 6 would be a nice step for the Clippers. More importantly, they need to regroup if they’re going to steal another win in San Antonio.

Glen Davis takes hard fall, exits Clippers-Thunder game with back injury

Glen Davis, Jerome Jordan

And the injury troubles for the Clippers continue. Mere hours after the team announced Blake Griffin will need to undergo elbow surgery, Glen Davis took a hard fall in the second quarter against the Thunder in Oklahoma City and had to be helped off the court.

The team announced that he would miss the rest of the game with upper back spasms.

It’s not good that in 2015, Big Baby is a serious loss for the Clippers, but it is. They don’t have much other frontcourt depth to speak of. Ekpe Udoh now has to step up. Or the Clippers need to add somebody. Or something.