Mike Brown: NBA reassesses Blake Griffin's push on Darius Morris
This will hardly cool down the animosity between the Lakers and the Clippers, but it at least brought some clarity as they prepare for the second regular-season showdown Wednesday between the two L.A. teams.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown publicly pushed for the NBA to review a non-call on Blake Griffin's push of Lakers rookie guard Darius Morris late in the first quarter of the Lakers' 102-94 loss Jan. 14 to the Clippers. Nine days later, he said the league informed him of something that assuaged his initial irritation.
"I don't know if they gave it to him or not," Brown said, "but the league said Blake should've gotten at least a technical for pushing [Morris]."
The NBA's technical foul list indicated they didn't rescind Griffin's technical. The league rulebook states though that "anyone guilty of illegal contact which occurs during a dead ball may be assessed a technical foul, if the contact is deemed to be unsportsmanlike in nature." In Blake's case, he pushed Morris while he was in the air attempting a dunk, apparently upset that he continued playing after officials gave Clippers guard Chris Paul a foul on Morris. That prompted Brown to scream angrily at the official and earn a technical foul himself while assistant coaches John Kuester and Chuck Person were holding him back.
Brown added that the NBA rescinded Morris' technical foul in the third quarter after entering a near-fray involving several Clippers and Lakers forward Josh McRoberts, an action NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed.
"The officials are human, but they overreacted and gave the Clippers a point there," Brown said. "It was officials looking at Darius and thinking, 'He's a rookie'."
— Mark Medina