Blake Griffin laughs off 'actor' remark
LOS ANGELES -- Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins called Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin an "actor" when the two teams played last Thursday, but it was Griffin who enjoyed the last shot after the Clippers beat the Kings 109-94 on Saturday.
"I first heard about it from my acting coach, he sent me an email," Griffin joked after the game, responding to the comments for the first time. "He was obviously thrilled. It was a compliment. I guess he's seen some commercials and stuff and I appreciate it."
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After the Clippers beat the Kings 93-85 on Thursday, Griffin was asked about a shoving match between Griffin and Cousins but said he would leave what happened between the two on the court rather than commenting on it. Cousins, however, had no problem talking about Griffin.
"Of course that's what Blake is going to say because he's in L.A., where actors belong," Cousins said Thursday. "He's an actor, so of course he would say that."
Cousins was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for criticizing officials -- specifically for the way they call games featuring Griffin, the former No. 1 draft pick and electrifying dunker.
After Saturday's game, Cousins had little to say about Griffin and what he had previously said about him.
"I tried to stay low," said Cousins, who had 15 points and 20 rebounds. "I'm not going to really speak too much on it. I got into enough trouble as it is. They played a good game and came out with a W."
Griffin, who had 27 points and 14 rebounds, said he didn't really care what Cousins had to say about him and wasn't interested in getting into a back-and-forth with a player who has had his fair share of problems during his two seasons in the NBA. Cousins was sent home by then-Kings coach Paul Westphal on Jan. 1 before Westphal was fired five days later.
"I mean this in the nicest possible way; you have to consider the source," Griffin said. "If this is somebody that has been in the league a long time and really knows the ins and outs of the game and has a great reputation for carrying himself the right way then it's something I would look at and see how I rubbed this guy the wrong way. But someone like that, you just keep going."
Clippers guard Chris Paul had a more cut-and-dry view of the short-lived feud between Griffin and Cousins.
"We won. He lost," Paul said. "We're competing for the playoffs. He's not. That happens in this league."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.