Blake Griffin was interviewed after the Nets’ practice ahead of Game 3 vs the Boston Celtics in their first-round series. He spoke about fans at TD Garden, Kyrie Irving’s perspective and his expectations, and dealing with Celtics center Robert Williams.
Griffin was asked about the recent incidents involving Russell Westbrook and Trae Young, specifically in relation to their upcoming games in Boston. This was his response: “There’s obviously a line… I think what happened to Russ is far beyond that line… that’s jst like he was kind of giving it to him at the end of Game 1 and they were giving it back to him… it’s fun to play in those situations… you never want anything to cross the line, but that’s not really my thought going into it.”
Griffin expanded on that answer and was asked more specifically about his experiences in the city of Boston: “That’s a good question… it’s kind of an understood thing when you go into certain places that it’s going to be a pretty rowdy crowd… I’ve heard things throughout my time in the league… never played a playoff game in Boston… I have a lot of respect for the fans in Boston, they’re loud, they support their team, but yeah you hope it stays like that… I’m not going into it with that expectation because I haven’t had that experience.”
Lastly, Griffin was asked about how the Nets dealt with Robert Williams in Game 2. This was what he had to say: “He obviously had a big impact, the idea of being physical… that was there in Game 1, we just didn’t do a great job with him in particular… he’s extremely talented and he has to be accounted for, especially around the rim.”