Griffin acknowledged he heard about the disparaging comments Golden State guard
As usual when the Warriors have taken verbal or physical shots at him, Griffin took the high road.
He preferred to talk about how the Clippers want to beat the Warriors when they meet in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, which starts Saturday at Staples Center.
Thompson said Griffin "plays pretty physical and flops a little bit."
"He flares his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn't, you know, rub off too well on guys," Thompson said on 95.7 radio in San Francisco. "He's kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes, like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much. I can see how that gets under people's skin and be frustrating to play against."
Griffin was asked for his reaction.
"This isn't my thing," Griffin said. "I play basketball. I don't want to get into a back and forth. I think we're ready to play. Sounds like they are too. It's going to be exciting."
There has been a lot of animosity between the Clippers and Warriors the last two seasons, and Griffin has been at the center of it.
Warriors backup forward
Then in the fourth quarter of that game, Warriors center
The next day the
Griffin and Warriors backup center
Through it all, Griffin has tried to maintain his composure.
"It doesn't matter what anybody says or anybody does. I just go out and play basketball. It's that easy. I just go play basketball."
Against the Warriors in four regular-season games, Griffin averaged 25 points on 53.2% shooting, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
"Whatever it is, Blake is still playing basketball. And at the end of the day, when you're good, you should look at it as a compliment. 'Guys are trying anything to stop me,'" Rivers said. "They tried it with
"I think Blake really has done a great job."
Rivers said Granger will practice Friday and be available in the playoffs.
"Right now, I'm going to say I do expect him to play," Rivers said. "But I just don't know how much."