NBA Admits Griffin Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected

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BlakeGriffinSH1The NBA admitted Thursday that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from Wednesday’s LA Clippers-Golden State game.

“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement.

“A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”

Griffin’s ejection came with 10:43 remaining in an eventual 105-103 loss. He had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

VIDEO: Pierce fined $15,000 for clothesline on George Hill

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brooklyn nets small logoThe worst night of Paul Pierce’s career had a hangover.

It wasn’t enough that the future Hall of Famer was held scoreless Monday for the first time since 1999, when he was a rookie.

It also wasn’t enough that the Brooklyn Nets forward’s scoreless night ended with an ejection for a flagrant-2 foul on Pacers guard George Hill.

On Tuesday, NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn – apparently not in any sort of holiday spirit – fined Pierce $15,000 for his clothesline on Hill in the third quarter of Brooklyn’s 103-86 home loss.

UPDATE: Spurs rest Duncan and Ginobili but will not be fined

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The San Antonio Spurs are resting both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili for Thursday night’s nationally televised road duncangame vs. the Golden State Warriors, initially putting themselves at risk of another six-figure fine from the NBA.

A release from Spurs media relations Thursday afternoon – titled an “injury report” – said both players were being held out of the game on TNT due to rest. It made no mention of injuries to either player.

The release also said guard Tony Parker would not play due to a bruised shin. That was announced earlier in the week, when the Spurs said Parker would miss at least two games with the injury and be re-evaluated prior to Saturday’s home showdown with Oklahoma City. 

Nets coach Kidd fined $50,000 for drink spill

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brooklyn-nets-logo-0That was an expensive drink Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd spilled on the court Friday night.

The NBA fined Kidd $50,000 on Thursday after determining that Kidd intentionally spilled his cup onto the floor to delay the game and buy his team some huddle time.

Wizards coach Wittman fined $20,000

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wizards small logoLosing to the Philadelphia 76ers apparently makes folks lose their cool. After Friday’s loss to the surprising 76ers, Wizards coach Randy Wittman lost his and was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Monday. The fine was announced by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. Wittman was fined for using profane language in his comments following a 109-102 loss in the team’s home opener. Washington led throughout the first half, by 11 points midway through the third quarter and by seven with less than nine minutes to play before collapsing down the stretch. Philadelphia, which is supposedly rebuilding, scored 65 points in the second half. Asked by a reporter what he thought the problem was, Wittman replied, “Well, you tell me what you thought the problem was. You watched the game. Commitment to bleeping playing defense. It’s what it is. It’s what it boils down to, all right? It’s a thing our guys haven’t learned and I’ve got to figure out a way.” Washington is 0-3, and Wittman is in the final year of his contract. If you want to read a bit more about the Wizards’ situation, it’s addressed in my column this week.