Just when you think you’ve seen everything, some NBA player makes a bonehead play that defies all logic. With the Clippers down 27 points to the Raptors last weekend, and just under 13 seconds remaining in the game, Toronto’s rookie center Jonas Valanciunas brings the ball up to center court to run the clock out.
Just as he crosses mid court, Clippers’ Caron Butler reaches up to give the big guy a ‘high-five’ but instead reaches for the ball, grabs it and trots down to try and bring the game 2 points closer. Some might say it was a brilliant ploy, but in the school of professional basketball ethics, it’s just a cheap move.
After a near successful fast break and sharp passing between Clippers Blake Griffin and Reggie Evans, the two ‘High-Fived” each other. Seconds later, referee Marc Davis surprisingly called a technical foul on Evans.
For a simple ‘High-Five’ the refs amazingly called a ‘T’ on Reggie Evans. Photo: inflexwetrust.com
After watching the video a hundred times, I didn’t notice any disrespect given towards the refs by either player. If I HAD to find some reason for this call, (and this is so obscure and ridiculously subtle), Evans ‘could have’ been called for taunting. However even that would be a stretch. Hey ref…C’MON MAN!!
From the way Hornets Center Jason Smith body checked L.A. Clippers super star Blake Griffin last Thursday night at New Orleans Arena, you would think that now the New Orleans ‘basketball’ team had placed a bounty on the Los Angeles Clippers…
Blake Griffin tumbles to the hardwood after being side-swiped by Jason Smith of the the N.O. Hornets. Photo: Parker Waters
With 4:06 left to go in a game that was won by the 12-35 N.O. Hornets 97-90, Jason Smith, on a fast break, body slammed Blake Griffin who laid on the floor for several seconds. The foul was assessed as a flagrant 2 which was followed by an immediate ejection and subsequent 2-game suspension. As Smith made his way to the locker room he waived his arms encouraging the crowd of 17,209, who gave him a tremendous ovation. It was truly basketball at its worst…