Blake Griffin Ejected After Run-Ins with Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 26, 2013

USA Today

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.

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:

As it turns out, Griffin had reason to be unhappy with his ejection:


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:

Conversely, Warriors coach Mark Jackson bordered on jubilant after the 105-103 win:

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.