In the midst of a 108-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka found himself fighting with Blake Griffin for position in the post. When he couldn't get it, he went for a dirtier tactic.
It started out with Ibaka simply pulling on Griffin's arm, which should have been a foul in the first place. When that didn't work, Ibaka took a downward chop that ended up being a ferocious low blow on Griffin.
The Ibaka play dirty like the Ric Flair— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) March 3, 2013
Damn Ibaka? Just crushed Blake Griffin in the Baby Making area--daaaamn -- Ibaka should sit for a long time— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 3, 2013
Serge Ibaka just blocked Blake Griffin's shot at future paternity— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 3, 2013
While the shot definitely warranted the flagrant foul that Ibaka received, there does seem to be a way he can talk himself out of this one:
Don't think ibaka intentionally hit Griffin in the groin at all. Looked to me he was trying to chop down at his arm to get loose.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) March 3, 2013
Look at Ibaka's eyes when he takes the swing. He's looking up at the rim. Wasn't exactly looking at where he was chopping.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) March 3, 2013
Whatever Ibaka's intention was, it was horrendously stupid. Because the Clippers went on a 7-0 essentially in one possession.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) March 3, 2013
Might be on an island with the Ibaka thing, but the 3 officials saw it the way I did. If they would've judged it intentional, he'd be gone.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) March 3, 2013
It's interesting to see what would have happened had Ibaka been thrown out. It was a two-point game following his foul, and he scored three points and had a key block down the stretch.
Perhaps an additional punishment is in the cards, though; we'll find out in the next few days.