Dallas Mavericks guard JJ Barea didn’t like that Los Angeles Clippers big man was coming to set a screen on him, so he slapped his hand away. Griffin then retaliated with an elbow — which may or may not have connected — and that kicked off a row between the two players that resulted in Barea claiming a Flagrant 2 and an ejection.
It came during the third quarter with Barea at the top of the key and both Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on either side of him.
Here’s how the play looked from multiple angles:
Curious that Griffin wasn’t assessed a foul at all given his own handsy nature. After the game referee Bill Spooner responded to pool reporters by saying that Barea was ejected for his contract above the throat. Meanwhile, Spooner also said that whether Griffin flopped or not was irrelevant.
“It has nothing to do with the merits of the play,” said Spooner.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks beat the Clippers, 97-95.