PLAYA VISTA, Calif. – Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is used to getting hard fouls during the regular season and fully expects more of the same once the playoffs start on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I heard it gets a lot more physical,” Griffin said with a smile after practice Friday. “We’ll see. I have to keep an open mind and get a feel for the first game… If it gets any more [physical] I might not make it. I know it’s going to be physical but I can’t imagine it getting a whole lot more physical than it’s been but I’m ready for that.”
This week Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said Griffin should hit back if the hard fouls continue in the postseason.
“I'd smack the f--- out of somebody,” Bryant told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday. “I've known him for a while and he's a really nice guy so I don't know if he'd want to do that. But I would. I would've done it early in the year.”
Griffin understood what Bryant meant but said the playoffs weren’t the right time to retaliate.
“Now’s not the right time,” Griffin said. “Going into the playoffs we need everyone on the floor. We can’t give up stupid points as far of technical fouls or flagrant fouls or something like that. You just have to keep your composure whenever something like that happens.”