Originally written April 17, 2012 on Pass The Pill:
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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