As the third quarter of the Christmas Day contest between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers drew to a close, Draymond Green flung an elbow at Blake Griffin's head.
Though the blow was a glancing one, Green and Griffin both earned technical fouls for the exchange. Green was summarily tossed and later fined.
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $15K for failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection from Clippers game.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) December 26, 2013
Moments later, Andrew Bogut sought out Griffin and tied him up under the basket, and another pair of double-technicals ensued.
This time, Griffin was the one tossed.
Afterward, Griffin expressed frustration over his ejection, per The San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons:
Blake Griffin: “When you look at it, I didn’t do anything, and I got thrown out of the game. ... To me, it’s cowardly basketball.”— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 26, 2013
As it turns out, Griffin had reason to be unhappy with his ejection:
After review NBA concludes LAC's B. Griffin should not have been ejected (vs. GSW on Dec. 25). See statement/video at http://t.co/s31cRnMjez— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 26, 2013
Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn't happy either, though, according to the Orange County Register's Dan Woike, his irritation stemmed from his team's inability to close out the game:
"We were kicking their butt, and they went to something else." - Doc Rivers on game— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) December 26, 2013
Conversely, Warriors coach Mark Jackson bordered on jubilant after the 105-103 win:
Mark Jackson on the Clippers: "“We like them. Merry Christmas. ... It’s good, old-fashioned ball between two teams playing for something.”— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 26, 2013
It's safe to say that, despite Jackson's holiday cheer, the Warriors and Clippers aren't fans of one another. It's also probably safe to say that nobody on the Warriors is a fan of Blake Griffin.