As the season comes to a close and the Clippers and their fans brace for what might happen when an opponent lays a hard, “playoff” foul on Blake Griffin, another side to this story has been forming. And after another, I don’t know what you want to call it — chippy, theatrical, angsty, dramatic — game last night, that other side may have found its voice:
Hornets coach Monty Williams had sharp words for Griffin.
”I thought some of the calls just didn’t go our way and our guys didn’t give into that. It’s hard to play against all the flopping and nonsense that goes on with that team,” he said.
”Who is the common denominator with all this fluff going on around the league? Blake Griffin. We don’t dunk, we don’t stare at people, we play the game the same way every night. … But all the extra stuff, we’ve never been about that.”
Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said, ”I don’t think we flop.”