Vinny Del Negro defends Blake Griffin's play

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said he was aware that Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown planned to ask the league to examine the tape of Clippers forward Blake Griffin pushing Lakers guard Darrius Morris while Morris went up for a dunk late in the first quarter of their game Saturday night.

“The whistle had already blown,” Del Negro said. “There was no intent for anyone to hurt anybody there. We’re going to protect our basket and when the whistle blows you’re supposed to stop playing. I didn’t think there was anything malicious there. I thought there were some other things in the game that have to be looked at as well.”

Del Negro said he had no plans to notify the league of those “other things” and had yet to hear from the league about Griffin’s play. The Lakers were called for four individual technical fouls in the game while the Clippers were called for one.

“I think it’s just an intense game and it’s going to be physical,” Del Negro said. “You just don’t want anything that’s malicious. No one wants to see anybody get injured but you want your guys to playing hard and playing the right way.”