NBA Opens Investigation into Rockets-Clippers Post-game Drama
Chris Paul’s long-awaited return to Staples Centre was everything but ordinary.
Tempers definitely boiled over on Monday night when the Los Angeles Clippers came away with a statement 113-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. Late in the fourth quarter, former teammates Paul and Blake Griffin went head-to-head, instigating a bit of mayhem that would continue past the final whistle.
“I’ve spoken to them,” Griffin said earlier today on if he was contacted by the League. “I’m sure they’ve talked to everybody by now. We’ll see what they come up with. I wouldn’t call it pretty crazy. In this day and age everything kind of gets blown a little bit out of proportion.”
In what was a messy ending, Griffin was seen bumping into Rockets’ Head Coach Mike D’Antoni. Both Griffin and Trevor Ariza were later ejected for a separate altercation.
After the game, things got only more heated as an anonymous report suggested that James Harden, and Ariza, and newly signed Gerald Green all attempted to enter the Clippers locker room to confront Clippers’ guard Austin Rivers, forcing extra security to step in the way. The NBA has admitted that it will open an investigation on the situation and if the claims end up being true, then fines and suspensions may very well be a possibility.
“I think the NBA should finish their investigation,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said Tuesday. “I’m glad we got the win last night and I’m glad all our guys were in our locker room all night last night.”
Just your usual night of NBA basketball.