The NBA said Thursday that its referees made a mistake when they ejected Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin in the Clippers’ 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night.
Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 left after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of the third.
“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” said Rod Thorn, the NBA’s president of basketball operations.
“A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”
With Griffin gone, the Clippers missed several key chances in the waning moments.
“If you look at it, I didn’t do anything and I got thrown out of the game. It all boils down to they [referees] fell for it,” Griffin said after the game. “To me, it’s cowardly basketball. I don’t know their intentions, but it worked. ... If I knew the answer I’d probably be in a different position. Tonight I got two technicals for nothing.”
Also Thursday, the NBA fined Green $15,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection.
OWNER’S BACK HURTING — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he has two herniated discs in his lower back and likely will need surgery.
The 55-year-old talked Thursday about the injury following a stair-climbing workout in the Mavericks’ locker room. He says his back has been sore and he has had “shooting pains up his legs.”
WRIGHT MISSES GAME — Dallas center Brandan Wright missed the Mavericks’ game Thursday night against the San Antonio Spurs because of an undisclosed illness. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Wright would be out, but starting center Samuel Dalembert would play even though he’s fighting the same illness that has been going around Dallas’ locker room. Wright averaged 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 21 minutes during the previous five games.
AROUND THE LEAGUE — The Detroit Pistons assigned rookies Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. … The Chicago Bulls have assigned guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. He was a first-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2012.