NBA Issues Punishments Following Absurd Clippers-Rockets Fracas
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 14:49
The NBA is suspending Houston's and two games apiece for aggressively entering the ' locker room after a loss Monday night in Los Angeles, the league said Wednesday.
The Houston Rockets are shocked and disappointed that Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided any disciplinary action as a result of the events during and after the Clippers' contentious win Monday night in Los Angeles, team sources told ESPN. And while they might be without James Harden, it's still worth it to watch Chris Paul who is averaging 18.6 points, 9.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds in his first season with Houston.
No penalties were given to Paul and Harden, who followed them to the corridor and tried to intervene. "You have to ask them", Griffin said. That perfection will be put to the test Saturday when the Golden State Warriors come to the Toyota Center for an ABC prime-time showcase.
After the Timberwolves saw their five-game winning streak snapped as they once again played down to their competition in Orlando earlier this week, the Wolves failed to step-up against one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association on Thursday night in Houston. It's much to do about nothing, if you want me to be honest.
Griffin bumped Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni late in the fourth quarter, leading to the two getting into a heated confrontation that eventually lead to double technicals.
"The Rockets went 4-3 without Harden in the lineup, with their second-ranked offense falling off by 3.4 points per 100 possessions and their true shooting percentage dipping to 13th in the league over that span".
"He's a Hall of Famer", D'Antoni said. He didn't score 20 points for the first time this season, a 35-game stretch to start the season that only legendary centers Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have also accomplished.
"A 10-point lead in the West is like a five-point lead", Wolves veteran forward Taj Gibson said. "I just see somebody coming to me aggressively, so I'm going to defend myself".
After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers defended his players by saying everyone was "testing" people that night.