LOS ANGELES -- Houston Rockets trainer Mike D'Antoni accused LA Clippers celebrity ahead Blake Griffin of deliberately making contact with him moments prior to the heated war of words that resulted in double technical fouls.
The war of words took place in entrance of Houston's bench with three:34 ultimate within the Clippers' 113-102 win Monday night time.
"You mean after he hit me? I didn't appreciate it," D'Antoni mentioned.
D'Antoni was once arguing with a referee a couple of goaltending no-call at the earlier ownership when Griffin veered towards him and made contact. After getting fouled seconds later, Griffin made a beeline for D'Antoni and exchanged expletives with the Rockets trainer.
"Well, after he said what he said, I said the same thing back," Griffin mentioned.
D'Antoni declined to elaborate at the contact made by means of Griffin.
"I'm not going to get into it," D'Antoni mentioned after two times citing that Griffin hit him. "It's no big deal. Really, it's no big deal. We just didn't play well tonight."
Rockets guard Chris Paul, who performed for the Clippers the previous six seasons, faced Griffin straight away after his shouting fit with D'Antoni.
"Coach told me he elbowed him," Paul mentioned. "Then I seen him talking crazy to Coach, so I'm always going to have Coach's back."
Asked what he advised Griffin, Paul mentioned, "Whatever it was, I'm sure my mama is going to tell me to watch my mouth."
Clippers trainer Doc Rivers mentioned he had observed a identical coach-player incident.
"Yeah, I have," Rivers mentioned. "I've been part of that. It happens, you know. Mike's probably fighting for his guys, and you know. ... I don't think a coach should ever get engaged with a player, personally. But I've been guilty of it before. You know, it's an emotional game."
Griffin, who completed with 29 issues, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, was once ejected with 1:03 ultimate within the sport, when he drew his 2nd technical foul for a war of words with Rockets small ahead Trevor Ariza. Griffin joked that the dialog was once about whether or not he would attend Ariza's party.
"It was just heated in the moment, that's all," mentioned Ariza, who was once additionally ejected. "I didn't hear him. I just see somebody coming to me aggressively, so I'm going to defend myself."
Added D'Antoni: "Boys will be boys. It got a little heated. Whatever."