Blake Griffin fed up with hard fouls

  • Andy Flint

Derrick Rose came out last week and talked about being upset over hard fouls and “cheap shots”. Now reigning Rookie Of The Year, Blake Griffin, is singing a similar tune.

“I’m definitely sick of taking hard hits,” Griffin said after the Clippers’ shootaround Monday. “…There’s a point, I can’t remember what game it was, in my mind where I thought this is kind of ridiculous. I’m sick of it, but it’s going to keep on happening.”

Griffin adds that taking a pounding for the entirety of the long NBA season takes it’s toll on him physically and mentally.

 “It’s affected me this year a lot, especially with the referees,” he said. “I’m just getting frustrated and getting my self in trouble with officials.”

When you make it your business to dunk on whoever stands in your path, I guess that hard fouls should be expected as a result. Griffin has to stay motivated and keep his head in the game. Blake currently has 11 technical fouls on the season. Three more T’s will result in a mandatory one-game suspension.

I won’t let it get to that point,” Griffin said. “You got fouled like that, and a lot of times, it doesn’t get called. That’s frustrating. But that’s on me. It’s not about the fouls. I can’t blame it on the fouls. I have to do a better job of controlling that.”

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6 Responses to Blake Griffin fed up with hard fouls

  • i think griffin is a good player

    • this guy gets pounded on so much during each game. If a smaller player received the kind of hits Griffin does, his career would be over…Centers in the league don’t get hit this hard and as often.

  • LOL –

    Comment is coming from King of Cheapshots? How about his constant pushoffs and elbows in the face?

    What a whiner.

  • The thing is. I really think that Blake is a spectacular player, but some of his dunks are blatant offensive fouls. NBA officials need to do a better job at not letting obvious fouls go because of the players name or how great of a dunk it was.

    Blake’s hit-list:

    Dunk on Timothy Mozgov- Blatant offensive foul.

    Dunk on Kendrick Perkins- Blatant offensive foul.

    Dunk on Pau Gasol and put-back dunk over Pau Gasol (same game)- Both blatant offensive fouls.

    There are many, many more to name. Those three occasions came to mind. The reason these are all fouls is because he extends the hand that is not holding the ball. Once that other hand/arm touches the defender, it becomes the same as a push-off. You can NOT push the defender away, or clear space while attempting any sort of shot. It’s the same type of infraction and “hooking” or pushing off.

    It is an offensive foul.

    The put-back dunk over Pau Gasol is probably the absolute worse no call that I have EVER seen. An over the back foul occurs when you make contact (while attempting to grab a loose ball) from behind another player.

    Here, watch it again. It’s so obvious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC6FwswWDHo . Gasol had position and Blake bulled through him to get to the ball. That is an EASY call.

    • they have reviewed the dunks and the said it was not an offensive foul. and also in the putback dunk it is clear that pau is in the restricted zone so there can’t be a foul

    • Perkins is in the air and draws contact….that is a defensive foul.

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