On Thursday evening, diminutive Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea was ejected for an altercation involving Blake Griffin. One quick look at the video would indicate that Barea did, in fact, make contact with Griffin in an aggressive way, but in the same breath, it was also quite clear that Griffin performed a high-end acting job that netted the All-Star forward a foul call.
In the aftermath of that play, there have been several reactions from members of the Mavericks organization but, on Saturday, the most interesting one came from owner Mark Cuban and Isaac Harris of The Smoking Cuban (fittingly) brings word:
“I just feel bad for Blake. It’s hard to come back from a knockout like that. We sent flowers to his family, condolences. I can only guess he is going to be drinking through a straw for a long, long time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Blake and his family.”