At first glance, that swipe at the ball didn’t look so sinister.
But then you watch Griffin’s reaction.
And you read about Griffin’s response. Dan Woike of The Orange County Register:
And you consider Green’s reputation.
Really, that’s why we’re addressing this. With another player, it probably gets glossed over. But Green long ago lost the benefit of the doubt.
Whatever happened on that play, Green frustrated Griffin all night. Green had 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and two steals and helped hold Griffin to 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting with seven turnovers and four fouls.
Griffin had this nice dunk over Green, featuring some hands to the face:
Otherwise, Griffin was left with a loss and Green’s parting shot.