It’s the playoffs, everyone. Someone was bound to get carried away and twist off a handful under the basket.
As it turns out, that someone was the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph, who appeared to be reaching for a double-dip of the pralines after becoming entangled with Blake Griffin under the basket during Game 2 of the first-round playoff series between Memphis and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The matchup between Randolph and the Clippers’ high-flyer had already escalated to a level of physical contact nearing “street fight” in the first game of the series.
Judging by the Greco-Roman wrestling position they found themselves in Monday night, the two are either destined to start attacking each other’s tender parts or begin dating.
You heard the lady, Randolph. At least turn on Kanye West’s “Slow Jamz” and pour Griffin a glass of white Zinf before you scorpion-lock the man and start clambering for his Craisins.
In Randolph’s defense, the Clippers’ dunk-machine was eating him up for most of the game. After a quiet start to the series, Griffin found his stride, outworking and maneuvering the slower forward for 21 points on the night. We can only assume this below-the-belt action occurred after Randolph misheard Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins yelling “Gut-check time!”
While strange and overzealous, the chippy play between the two big men that led to this awkward entanglement appears rooted in something deeper than just postseason passion.
Randolph and Griffin have never exactly liked each other, especially come playoff time. Just last year Randolph was T’d up for shoving the Clippers‘ forward after the whistle, a situation of which Griffin took full advantage.
With that being said, it might be best if this year we keep our hands to ourselves and above the waistline, boys.
Usually you have to pay a doctor for that kind of treatment: Dr__Carson