Report: Chris Paul, Harden Among Rockets Who Sought Blake Griffin in Locker Room

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15:  Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers reacts as he posts up Luc Mbah a Moute #12 of the Houston Rockets during a 113-102 Clipper win at Staples Center on January 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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A host of Houston Rockets reportedly entered the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room in an attempt to confront some players Monday night following a 113-102 loss at Staples Center.

According to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski, James Harden, Chris Paul, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green found their way into the Clippers' locker room in search of Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin.

The Rockets players reportedly left without any physical altercation. Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press later reported on Tuesday that the NBA will investigate the incident. Wojnarowski noted "there will be no shortage of punished individuals."

Per Wojnarowski, the Rockets players took issue with Rivers, who was being "belligerent" from the bench during the game while sitting out with an ankle injury.

They also had a problem with Griffin's antics, which included brushing past Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni late in the game, as well as garnering a double-technical with Ariza with around one minute remaining.

Griffin finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the win.

Rockets center Clint Capela reportedly tried to enter the Clippers' locker room through the front door while his teammates entered through a back door, but he left after a Clippers staffer shut the door on him.

Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated later reported, citing a Rockets source, that "when Rivers spotted Ariza near the entrance, according to the source, he said: 'Let his b---h ass come in.' Ariza then turned his attention to Rivers."

Regarding the incident, Griffin said: "We were where we were supposed to be. We were in our locker room. So whatever happens over there, I mean, we can't control what anybody else does. We control what we did. Everybody was in our seats. That's it. You should ask them."

The Clippers won their fifth straight and improved to 22-21. That places them in a tie for seventh in the Western Conference with the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers. Houston dropped to 30-12 and trails the Golden State Warriors by 4.5 games for first in the West.

The Rockets and Clippers will meet again Feb. 28 and March 15 in a rivalry partially the result of CP3's offseason defection.


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