Derrick Rose sounded the alarm on the hard fouls that he has been taking so you knew others would follow suit. And that’s what Blake Griffin did after the Clippers’ Monday shoot around.
Unlike Rose, Griffin plays a position where physicality is a must, but in Griffin’s eyes, the physicality has gotten out of hand at times.
“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.”
The most notable foul Griffin has taken this season happened at New Orleans, where Jason Smith shouldered Griffin to the ground on a fast break, earning an ejection and suspension.
The beating Griffin’s taken around the rim has impacted him on the court.
“It’s affected me this year a lot, especially with the referees,” he said. “I’m just getting frustrated and getting myself in trouble with officials.”
Like Rose, this is just something Griffin is going to have to deal with. It just comes with the territory of being a dominant player in the NBA.
And to make matters worse Griffin isn’t a very good free throw shooter, so that makes him an even bigger target for fouls.