Chris Paul’s return first game against the Clippers as a member of the Rockets started with a tribute video and ended with Paul and a group of rocket players attempting to raid the Clippers locker room through a backdoor entrance to confront Blake Griffin.
Things were contentious throughout the 113-102 Clipper win, and culminated with Blake Griffin getting tossed for a confrontation with Trevor Ariza.
Blake Griffin gets ejected after getting into it with Trevor Ariza ? pic.twitter.com/jehnkpEqoa
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) January 16, 2018
It escalated after the game, when, according to multiple reports, Ariza attempted to charge the Clippers locker room through a back entrance that connects to the visiting locker room to get at Griffin. When notorious Paul enemy Austin Rivers spotted Ariza – backed up by Paul, James Harden and Gerald Green – he reportedly said, “Let his b—- a– come in.” Security was called in to diffuse the situation. There is no video of the incident.
On Inside the NBA, Kenny, Shaq and Charles had some fun with it when they heard the cops had to break it up.
?? Charles Barkley & Shaq after hearing the LAPD was called after Clippers and Rockets post game confrontation that started when CP3 reportedly led Rockets through a “secret tunnel” to the Clippers locker room!
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) January 16, 2018
When Doc Rivers was asked about the near brawl, and laid the blame at the feet of the Rockets.
— Asha ⁶ (@PlanetAsha) January 16, 2018
You’re never safe from Chris Paul. He has the blueprints.