Tomorrow’s story tonight …
On the day the Lakers acknowledged asking the NBA to review several questionable plays by the Clippers’ Blake Griffin against Pau Gasol, the league fined DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings for saying Griffin is “babied by the refs.”
Griffin appeared to go over Gasol’s back for a rebound dunk only minutes into the Lakers’ victory Wednesday over the Clippers, and then slammed his left forearm into the 7-footer’s head en route to another dunk in the third quarter.
Later in the third, Griffin shoved Gasol in the back as Gasol attempted a dunk, drawing a personal foul. The league upgraded it to a flagrant foul 1 on Friday, but told the Lakers it saw nothing wrong with either dunk.
“The league said (the dunks) were called correctly,” coach Mike Brown said before the Lakers played host to the Houston Rockets. “They said there was normal contract (on the first dunk). On the last one, they said Pau jumped into Blake.”
Kobe Bryant, Gasol’s Lakers teammate, said after the game the second dunk was all right with him. Bryant then called it an “unreal dunk,” during an interview Friday on Dan Patrick’s radio show. He also said the Lakers teased Gasol about it.
“You have to have thick skin to be in our locker room,” Bryant said, laughing.
Cousins found nothing humorous about battling Griffin during the Clippers’ victory Thursday over the Kings in Sacramento. Cousins got into foul trouble early in the game and wasn’t a factor. Griffin made a couple of key baskets late for the Clippers.
After the game, Cousins told a reporter from Sports Illustrated’s website Griffin is “babied. He’s the poster child of the league. He sells tickets, but he’s babied. Bottom line. … He gets away with (everything). He taunts players. Nothing is done. He’s babied.”
Cousins went on to call Griffin “an actor.” The league slapped a $25,000 fine on Cousins on Friday for “public criticism of NBA officiating.” Griffin and the Clippers play host to Cousins and the Kings tonight.