Blake Griffin stood with his back against the wall at the Clippers' practice facility, his eyes directed at every reporter who asked him a question, his answers thoughtful when he talked about the Golden State Warriors.
Yes, Griffin admitted Thursday before practice, "I heard about" disparaging comments Golden State guard Klay Thompson made Wednesday on a San Francisco radio station about the Clippers' All-Star forward.
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 Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series that 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 "The Wheelhouse" program on KGMZ (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."