Is there some sort of bounty out for Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin?
A day after getting clocked by Kendrick Perkins, Griffin was the recipient of the hardest foul you’ll see all season long.
Griffin was out on the break with the ball and had a clear path to the basket. The only thing left was what dunk would be pulled off.
Instead, like some sort of raging bull that was staring at the red of the Clippers uniform, New Orleans Hornets center Jason Smith lowered his shoulder and absolutely drilled Griffin, knocking him to the floor.
Griffin went down hard and was very slow to get up. Meanwhile, all of the Clippers raced towards Smith to get in his face to show Griffin they have his back. No punches were thrown but the message was sent: “that’s not cool dude.” Smith was somehow all the way in the stands with his hands up acting like it was your run-of-the-mill foul.
Smith is going to get a call from the league office on Friday, likely with the news he will be suspended for a game or two.
Griffin shook it off to finish with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but the Hornets ended up winning 97-90. I’ll spare you with the New Orleans bounty jokes, but this is an interesting issue Griffin now faces.
Everybody knows he is the most prolific dunker in the league and nobody wants to be on his next poster. That means players are willing to foul him extra hard to ensure he doesn’t lift off.
For Griffin, he has to be incredibly careful when he picks his spots to pull off a highlight reel worthy dunk. He is essential for this Clippers team and losing him to an injury because of a stupid foul by a guy trying to avoid getting dunked on.
This is a very interesting sub plot to follow for the remainder of the season.