Chris Paul’s triumphant return to Staples Center did not go without incident.
The Rockets point guard was treated to a video tribute during the game, but that didn’t stop tensions from escalating late in the game. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni and Clippers big man Blake Griffin got into a heated altercation with less than four minutes remaining in the game, which resulted in each getting assessed a technical foul. Griffin was later ejected, along with Trevor Ariza, as the two were seen having some words.
The bad blood didn’t stop there, though, and spilled over into the Clippers locker room after the game.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that James Harden, Paul, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green pushed into the Clippers locker room, in an attempt to confront Austin Rivers and Griffin.
It’s good to hear that security was able to intervene before the Rockets players were able to start anything, but it shows how incidents that take place on the court can spill over into the locker room.