Blake Griffin snubbed his former teammates before and after the Clippers’ 108-95 win over the Pistons in Detroit on Friday night, the L.A. Times reports.
The loss was Detroit’s first since acquiring Griffin in a trade with the Clippers on Jan. 29. The Pistons had won their first four games with Griffin in the lineup and five straight overall.
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Griffin played under Clippers coach Doc Rivers for four-and-a-half seasons.
Youth Chris Scott Jersey Based on Griffin’s pre-game comments, the snub wasn’t a surprise.
I’m not really the type of guy to be all buddy-buddy during the game. It’s gonna be a war, he told reporters before tipoff.
Tobias Harris, who was also part of the package that Detroit sent to L.A. in exchange for Griffin, said of the Clippers’ win, It’s like seeing your ex-girlfriend for the first time with a new man and you got a new girl. Of course we want to win. That was the biggest thing. A lot was put into the trade, this game, so wanted to come out here and handle our business.
After a promising 48-34 season in 2015-16, the Hornets missed the playoffs last season and find themselves in a similar position now at 24-33, putting Charlotte at 10th in the Eastern Conference. Zach Cunningham Jersey With the Hornets 5.5 games back of the East’s final playoff spot and only 25 games remaining on the schedule, Steve Clifford’s team would need to go on a major tear to push into the postseason.
The roster construction has a lot to do with Charlotte’s shortcomings. All-Star point guard Kemba Walker has been able to keep the Hornets competitive while he is on the floor, but when he sits, it’s an absolute disaster.
The Hornets’ front office even tossed Walker’s name out in trade conversations this past month in the hopes that a bad contract ï¿½ï¿½ like Dwight Howard, Nic Batum and/or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ï¿½ï¿½ could be attached to Walker in exchange for a blue-chip prospect or valuable draft pick. Charlotte has a top-15 payroll this season, and Jordan clearly finds it unacceptable to spend more than $117 million on a non-playoff team.