Found March 05, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. Blake Griffin would have preferred to see Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka get suspended after striking him in the groin on national TV Sunday, but the Clippers forward said he would accept whatever the NBA decided in the matter. I dont really see how it can be let go, but if it is, whatever, Griffin said after practice Tuesday. Im not going to do anything about it. Im not going to cry, Im not going to complain in the paper or anything like that. Ibaka was fined 25,000 by the league, and the flagrant foul 1 he was assessed in the game was upgraded to a flagrant 2 by NBA executive vice president for basketball operations Stu Jackson, meaning Ibaka should have been ejected. The foul occurred with 1 minute 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter of a game the Thunder eventually won, 108-104. The league makes those decisions, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. Obviously, we have a different opinion on that, but you have to go with what the league says, and hopefully well get a chance to play them again. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said Monday he would have smacked (Ibaka) in the mouth if Ibaka had done the same thing to him, adding that he would have dealt with the pain after. That would have been difficult, Griffin said. He went down in a heap and was on the floor for about a half-minute before being able to stand. In that situation, I probably couldnt have (retaliated), Griffin said. Its not really my job to start running around punching people and hitting people because that doesnt really solve anything. It just gets myself in trouble, and I dont want that. If something like that happens, I feel its best to let somebody else take care of it because me going and punching somebody isnt really a part of the game. I understand what Kobes saying. You cant really tolerate that, especially at that point in time. I didnt need to get into a scuffle with the game being on the line and us trying to claw our way back in it. Thunder center Kendrick Perkins came to Ibakas defense, telling The Oklahoman that he didnt consider the foul to be especially flagrant. The dude (Griffin) is known for flopping anyway, Perkins said, so thats what it is. Griffins response: I saw some of Kendricks comments, and they didnt make sense to me, to be honest. I think what he was trying to say was I was grabbing his jersey so I started it all and I deserved to be hit where I was hit. But if started swinging every time I got my jersey tugged at, Id probably be swinging on every single play. If Ibaka had been suspended, he would have been forced to sit out Oklahoma Citys game on Tuesday against the Lakers. But Griffin refused to say the league may have stopped short of a suspension in order to let Ibaka play. I dont know, he said. Its a big game, though. Its kind of a mess. Its kind of a tough situation. Whatever the NBA wants to do, however they want to handle it, well let them handle it that way.
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