Miller suspended one game for altercation against Clippers

first_imgLooks like two streaks were snapped Sunday for the Blazers.They’re only happy about one of them. Andre Miller has been suspended for one game for “making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers,” announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, on Monday. The suspension will end Miller’s 632 consecutive-games-played streak, which is the longest among active players. What Jackson meant by “unnecessary contact” was Miller waiting for Griffin to get set on offense, then taking off on a full sprint from half court and barreling the Clippers’ power forward into the ground midway through the fourth quarter. Griffin, known for his generally stoic disposition, grew irate after the football-like hit and started jawing Miller’s way. Yet no foul was called. Somehow, someway, none of the three referees on the court saw the collision. But that didn’t stop the NBA from reviewing the film the next day, then assessing Miller with a Flagrant Foul, Penalty two. Not that the point guard was particularly remorseful. “I actually wanted to get him harder. But he knew it was coming, because he got me good — actually a couple of times,” Miller told the Oregonian after the game, making reference to being pushed in the back. “I just remember getting hit pretty hard under the basket, so an opportunity was there. If I got a flagrant foul, cool. But I’m surprised they didn’t even see it. But there’s an opportunity there, you have to send a message.”last_img read more