Just one day after the Christmas day showdown between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors took place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., NBA officials have announced that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected during the game.
Rewind to Dec. 25 when referees tossed Griffin at the top of the fourth quarter after things got heated between him and the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut. The altercation resulted in Griffin acquiring his second technical foul of the night and an automatic ejection. The Warriors would go on to defeat the short-handed Clippers 105-103. Griffin tallied 20 points (8-for-16 shooting), 14 rebounds and five assists.
According to a statement released by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, a common foul should have been called on Griffin and a technical should have been given to Bogut for wrestling.
“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” said Thorn. “A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”
The crosstown rivals will visit each other two more times this season on Jan. 30 in Oakland and March 12 in Los Angeles.