NBA fines Draymond Green $25,000 for criticising NBA officials. LeBron struggles in loss to Timberwolves – One of the worst performances of his career.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin was elbowed in the head by Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee on Saturday. They placed the Clippers star in the concussion protocol after going down with a scary injury against the Golden State Warriors.
Griffin fell to the ground after catching an elbow to the head from Warriors center JaVale McGee during the first quarter of Saturday’s 121-105 loss to the reigning NBA champions. His hand was trembling as he laid on the floor for several minutes. Clippers’ medical staff quickly attended to Griffin, who was diagnosed with a concussion.
Really scary moment here. hope Blake Griffin is OK pic.twitter.com/ThQTtFuGoN
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 6, 2018
He was able to walk off the court on his own, but he went straight to the locker room for further evaluation. The Clippers announced Griffin would not return to the game as they placed him in the concussion protocol. Injuries are not too unfamiliar to Griffin who only returned to the court on December 29 after missing a month to a sprained MCL in his left knee.
The NBA announced on Monday that they have fined Green $25,000 for public criticism of officiating. Green vented his frustration after Saturday’s game, which saw him pick up his NBA-leading 11th technical foul of the season. He will face an automatic one-game suspension if he gets 16 technicals, and a one-game ban for every two technicals after that.
When asked to describe the current relationship between players and officials, Green did not hold back. “It’s bad, it’s horrible. It’s really bad,” Green told The Athletic. “I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s RIDICULOUS. It’s ruining the game. It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should. “They can get a new crop [of referees], a whole new crop. Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”
It was not a good night for the Eastern Conference’s best player LeBron James, struggling against the Timberwolves. James and the Cavaliers had a night to forget as the Timberwolves opened a 41-point lead in the third quarter of a 127-99 out of the Cavs. James managed just 10 points on four-for-eight shooting and registered a minus-39, the worst plus-minus in a game in his career, according to ESPN.