NBA forced into Blake Griffin apology

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NBA officials have today admitted that Blake Griffin should not have been forced off the court against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, but that admission has not been enough to appease the Los Angeles Clippers star.

Griffin was ejected during Wednesday's clash with more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter after a tussle in the paint with Andre Bogut, earning his marching orders for a second technical foul of the night.

That clash followed a technical in the third quarter for a war of words with Draymond Green following an elbow to the face, with NBA chiefs conceding earlier today that Griffin should have stayed in the game.

NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said: "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.

"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."

When Griffin left the court a tense Western Conference clash was tied at 78 apiece, but without a leading scorer the Clippers slipped to a frustrating 105-103 defeat.

Doc Rivers' side are still ahead of Golden State at the top of the Pacific division, but have now suffered two setbacks on the spin to leave their promising early-season record at 20-11, enough to stay fourth seeds for now in the west.

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