UPDATE: The NBA announced Wednesday that Blake Griffin will be suspended without pay for the Clippers’ season finale:
Under NBA rules, a player or coach is automatically suspended without pay for one game once he receives his 16th technical foul during a regular season. For every two additional technical fouls received during that regular season, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game.
Griffin received his most recent technical foul with 3:23 remaining in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on April 15, at Staples Center. Griffin will serve his suspension in the Clippers’ season finale on Wednesday, April 16, when Los Angeles visits the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center.
LA Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin will be watching his team’s season finale, this after getting tagged with his suspension-triggering 16th tech Tuesday night. Per the LA Times:
NBA rules stipulate that players are suspended for one game after collecting 16 technical fouls, meaning that Griffin would be forced to sit out the Clippers’ regular-season finale against Portland on Wednesday unless his latest technical is rescinded. The league rescinded three technicals called on Griffin this season.
Had Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul against the Trail Blazers, he would not have been suspended for the Clippers’ playoff opener, NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.
Griffin received his 15th technical April 9 against the Oklahoma City Thunder for complaining about a non-call on Steven Adams on a play in which Adams made contact with Griffin before converting a putback.
(Doc) Rivers was considering resting his starters Wednesday. Now, when it comes to Griffin, he may not have a choice.