Apparently Blake Griffin's flopping is really just a matter of interpretation.
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers responded to Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson's claim that Griffin "flops a little bit," even encouraging his star player to keep doing it.
According to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi, Rivers responded Friday, saying:
That's Klay's opinion; I don't really care. I just keep looking at what Blake's done. If he's flopping, then keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me. So flop on. That's the way I look at it. Whatever he's done this year, I want him to keep doing exactly that.
Rivers added, "Blake is kicking a lot of people's butts and they need something to say about him."
Thompson's original comments were transcribed from 95.7 The Game radio by Markazi:
He is a good guy off the court but he probably just ... I mean ... plays pretty physical and flops a little bit. He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn't you know rub off too well on guys. He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.
Setting aside debate on Griffin's flopping, his physicality has been on display this season.
Griffin was ejected from a Christmas Day game between the Clippers and Warriors after an altercation with Warriors center Andrew Bogut and called the Warriors out after the game for playing 'cowardly basketball.'
Andrew Bogut's absence won't make things any less scrappy. The Australian center is dealing with a rib fracture, and it may sideline him for the entire postseason, according to The Associated Press (via ESPN).
Both teams know that Griffin's success inside will be pivotal to determining the series. If he gets loose, the bar for Golden State's scoring attack is set that much higher. Some think Griffin takes too much of a beating when heading toward the basket, and that could continue versus Golden State.
Of course, Griffin has been known to initiate contact too. Both sides will surely get their shots in over the course of what could be a seven-game series.
Rivers will have his hands full with shooters Stephen Curry and Thompson, who combined for over 42 points per game during the regular season. He'll need Griffin and point guard Chris Paul to be at their absolute best.