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Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:26 am
Edited on: December 22, 2011 12:46 am
Posted by Ben Golliver

It's good to see that the lockout changed absolutely nothing about the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes? Same person. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin? Same person. Put the two together and it's a recipe for a royal rumble, even in a preseason game.

Barnes has carved a niche for himself as a hard-fouling, take-no-mess, massive-chip-on-the-shoulder psuedo-enforcer who isn't afraid to muddy up a game with his antics. Griffin is the NBA's poster boy for posterizing, a marketing jewel who flies above the rim with ease.

The two men came head-to-head during a Wednesday night preseaon game in Staples Center, when Barnes opted to shove Griffin to the ground, using both hands, for no apparent reason. He was immediately issued a flagrant foul one for his action and veteran official Bill Kennedy stepped in to ensure that Griffin would not retaliate.

A minor skirmish erupted as a bemused Griffin walked down to the other end of the court, and play resumed without any additional incident.

Here's the video of Matt Barnes' flagrant foul one on Blake Griffin.


Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 25, 2011 10:00 pm

Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Let the THUG league begin.
Go back to your Ho, ho, ho's!!

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:36 pm

Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Obviously it was a foul.....but is anyone else tired of Blake's flops? It's annoying to see someone with so much talent muddy up his reputation by flopping to the ground rather then using his talent to beat players. Yes he was fouled but after reviewing the flop you would think Shaq fouled him not half Blake's weight Barnes. Is it too much to ask for the good old days of honest basketball?

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:09 pm

Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

Thats not a fight Barnes wants any part of.  Blake is a human diesel truck.  It was a total BS foul, and Barnes knows he's protected by the refs which is the only reason it happened.  Good job by Griffin to shrug it off.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:57 pm
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Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:43 am

Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

What a thug move. I guess the Lakers don't have enough talent anymore some they are going to play like the old Detriot bad boys? You get beat on defense in a preseason and do this? Another reason for me to hate the Lakers. Go Clippers!!!

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:57 am

Video: Matt Barnes flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

It wasn't as bad a fouls as it initially looked, Barnes was coming over with all his momentum and got caught playing bad D.  He did shove a little but Griffin was a little off balance already.  Gotta like how Griffin played it like a class act, he's gonna get fouled hard a lot and if he doesn't retaliate and shows it doesn't bother him like this he's gonna be a beast to stop. 

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