As if the first round Playoff match-up between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors wasn’t already a tasty affair, Klay Thompson has decided to add a little something extra to the affair.
The Western Conference giants meet at the Staples Center for Game 1 on Saturday and Thompson just couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to give his opinion on the Clippers’ high flyer Blake Griffin. Stating that the power forward: “flops a little bit.”
“He flares his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something,” said the sharpshooter.
“That doesn't, you know, rub off too well on guys.
"He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you see him flop sometimes. Like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much? I can see how that gets under people's skin and be frustrating to play against."
To be fair, the shooting guard does have a solid case. At 6'10", 250lb, Griffin is a beast of a man yet he sometimes he “exaggerates” contact and makes it seem as if he’s been hit by a bus. Granted at times you see him essentially get clotheslined and officials don’t call for fouls, but he does tend to make the most of the contact.
Plus, Thompson can say that because he has seen it first-hand.
When asked for a response, Griffin simply replied by saying: “This[taking shots at each other] isn’t my thing. I play basketball. I don’t want to get into a back-and-forth. I think we’re ready to play. Sounds like they are too. It’s going to be exciting.”
With the League being so sensitive about every minor thing in the game today, who doesn’t like seeing a bit of puffery every now and then? Ok, for now it’s just talk but maybe now during the game, Thompson hits a game winner over Griffin, or Blake goes and stuffs a nasty facial right on his head. Maybe after a great play the victor starts trash talking and taunting his opponent.
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