Booker: Griffin benefits from 'superstar' treatment

Booker: Griffin benefits from 'superstar' treatment
December 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards power forward Trevor Booker (35) defends in the third quarter at Verizon Center.

Trevor Booker speaks softly, but it's clear he has a disdain for Blake Griffin. It's so intense that 23 seconds into the tipoff of Saturday's game at Verizon Center, Booker was hit with a technical foul. 

The reason: He got tangled with Griffin after Jared Dudley sank a 20-foot jumper to open the scoring. 

"I knew coming in I'd probably get one," Booker said of the technical in the Wizards' 113-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "It's always a physical game with me and Blake. We just can't seem to get along."

The power forwards could be seen mixing it up in transition. Booker, who had 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting and seven rebounds, picked up five fouls in just 27 minutes. Griffin finished with 16 points on 6-for-13 shooting and nine rebounds. 

Booker is a blue-collar player who only is starting because of an foot injury to Nene. Griffin is a perennial All-Star with national Foot Locker and Kia commercials. Booker has always believed that deep down, Griffin is soft and a serial flop artist. 

"He pushed me, I pushed him back. I got the tech," Booker said. "That's how it goes. Superstar never gets that tech."