Los Angeles Clippers star forward Blake Griffin was ejected during the second quarter of his team’s game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday after complaining about a non-call for his second technical of the game.
With just under three minutes left before halftime, Griffin can be seen going up for a contested shot under the basket and seemingly being hit in the chest/neck area by Suns center Tyson Chandler.
Griffin would score on the play, but was visibly angry and directed a comment to the referee standing on the baseline after a foul was not called. The forward finished with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 16 minutes.
The ejection left L.A. missing a third starter with guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick sitting out the game with a sore right groin and lower back spasms.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers could reportedly be heard saying after the call, “That’s terrible. Nobody came to see you ref,” according toLos Angeles Times beat writer Ben Bolch.
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Griffin and Suns forward Mirza Teletovic were assessed a double technical with 7:01 left in the second quarter.