J.J. Brea, who’s maybe 6-feet tall and 185 pounds, was ejected after getting into an altercation with Blake Griffin during the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 97-95 win over the Clippers in Dallas on Thursday night.
By altercation, I mean Barea apparently was able to knock over Griffin, who’s at least 10 inches taller and 70 pounds heavier. It was deemed to be “excessive contact,” so Brea was ejected with a flagrant two.
I’m not saying Barea couldn’t knock Griffin over, but I don’t think he did in this case. See for yourself:
As Barea was tossed, he laughed, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation, which you can see toward the end of this ESPN video:
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and some of Barea’s teammates had hilarious comments about the play, as reported by Mavs.com’s Earl Sneed:
- Carlisle said he saw a “cat that ate the canary smile” on Griffin’s face after the play.
- Devin Harris said Barea has “little-man syndrome.”
- Wesley Matthews exaggerated a bit and called Brea “a 4-9 guy.”
- Barea called it “a little push.”
The Mavs came out with the win, though, and that’s what matters.
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