Clippers vs Thunder Playoffs Gm. #4 Game Thread 2014-05-11 (P. 17)

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clipnasty
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So, you really think that was an intentional punch?

Yes, it was a foul. Was it intentional? He would have to have the quickest instincts and trigger to have pulled that off on purpose.

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I have no doubt it was intentional. Perkins took his hands of Ibaka way before Ibaka's fist hit Blake in the love-spuds. Ibaka's explanation of the "accident" is also very suspect... he talks about being pushed and extending his hand to stop himself from "falling" when he clearly wasn't off-balance.

Fact is, players with a history of dirty play usually don't get the benefit of the doubt, and since Ibaka has shown quite the consistent fascination with Blake's plums, a message should be sent.

Artest had just as much reason to claim his 'bow to Harden's head was accidental - he couldn't even see him when it happened - but due to his history, he got suspended for multiple games... and rightly so.

Now Blake has had to be stopped from bleeding twice from his face this series and the training staff probably has a special scrotum-shaped ice bath for when we play OKC... either the league has to put a stop to this, or Doc needs to start targeting Durant's bony arse for similar treatment.

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The Ibaka incident yesterday is not even in the same conversation as the Artest elbow on Harden. I have watched the Ibaka one 10+ times now. I just cannot in good conscience say it was intentional. Maybe he was flailing to at least foul, but IMO, he certainly was not purposely trying to punch him in the nuts.

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As I suspected, no suspension.

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As we ALL suspected... that team is more protected than a Corleone's daughter.

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Ugh. I was hoping the league would suspend and fine Ibaka. It's ridiculous that he's not even going to be reprimanded for it.

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clipnasty wrote:

As I suspected, no suspension.

WOW, I just lost a ton of respect for the NBA. Ibaka's punch to the groin is on the same level as Randolph's punch. This just shows how protected those bitches in OKC really are. It must be nice to play the game knowing the other team can't touch your best player while you can do whatever you want to the other team's star. The NBA is a joke sometimes.

JQuick32
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RefKC has reached Lakers level of favoritism. It's sickening.

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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So this....

is really worse than this....

??????

I'm beginning to think the NBA is actually rigged.

Heediot
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It takes just as much time for him to time his blocks. It could easily be intentional. He is known as a dirty player around the league and has pulled numerous stunts before. No way I give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Outrageous. To get away with it once is one thing but twice on the same player, that is plain negligent. I don't get it?

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Yes very sickening and it's because OKC has the golden boy, Durant. That's why, if we beat OKC, its truly cause we are better. If OKC were to beat us in 4 or 5 games, i would admit that they are clearly better, but any close series loss for us, we are at least even with them. With fair refs, we would be up 3-1 in this series.

Silasie
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Have you not seen this guy's cold dead eyes? It is very very easy to believe it was entirely intentional both times!

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is really worse than this....

??????

I'm beginning to think the NBA is actually rigged.

If we get favoritism in calls for game 5, then I would question if its rigged. If OKC gets all the calls, then its clearly rigged.

clipnasty
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Man i just have to disagree with you guys. Not seeing it. I am pretty sure I have done this on the court before myself.

JQuick32
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One time can be written off as a mistake. Multiple times against the same player, though? Undeniably intentional.

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That's really the key... will the nutpuncher be allowed to practice 'business as usual' in game 5 after Blake has gotten his nose and his nads busted, or will the refs check his dirty play with the appropriate fouls and techs?

The answer to that question will also answer the question of whether this series is rigged.

A_DOG_NAMED_BUD
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We should play Ryan Hollins just to have him punch Ibaka right in the stomach. That @-hole needs to learn his lesson. This is the second time he's gotten away with this BS.

ClipperDB
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We should activate the original "nut cracker" - Reggie Evans.

cleepers
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Screw Ibaka... he's just a goon. If you really want to send a message to their whole team, you make Durant earn his free throws the way Blake does... with his blood.

Dunkathon
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Anyone else think putting Blake on Durant is a good idea?

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Anyone else think putting Blake on Durant is a good idea?

My only concern is that Blake would be in foul trouble real quick with the way the refs coddle Durant.

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Coach Nick was saying good things about BG??? That tells me BG has arrived!!!!

Clippers will need to be more energetic to start the game for game 5. Danny, JJ, Matt need to give the Clippers something offensively.

The defense has been as good as you can when you go up against two top 10 players including an #MVP.

toohipcliptoslip
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Back in the day they would have clobbered Durant.

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Ibaka is a world class athlete with amazing reflexes. Why was his arm bent? This a classic Kung Fu punch but usually to the nose. Some call it a fish tail. Not saying Ibaka knows Kung Fu but you can deliver just as much force with a bent wrist as you can with a fist if you hit certain areas like the jaw. Also you won't break your hand or sprain your wrist.

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Anyone else think putting Blake on Durant is a good idea?

Great video. Just proves that OKC has no actual offense. Just giving it to Westbrook or Durant and crossing your fingers will only get you so far. "So far" meaning 2nd round exit courtesy of the Clippers.

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