Never let it be said that Memphis Grizzlies fans aren’t in to the game, because last night was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Grizzlies supporters in the FedEx Forum. Up top, you’ve got a whole arena booing a guy for five minutes as he lays on the ground clutching a knee that cost him his rookie season. Down below, you’ve got that same group of people heckling the best point guard in the game. One of these is cool and one is not so much.
Starting with the not so cool move, let’s talk about the Grizzlies fans booing Blake Griffin for hyperextending his knee. There’s not much else to say that Clips Nation didn’t already address. It’s pretty wack to boo a guy who is legitimately hurt, even if he does have a history of overselling contact and acting like his face has been caved in whenever he gets fouled. At the very least, it’s easy to see where Grizzlies fans are coming from since they are already jacked up about hating the Clippers and hating their flopping, but it’s just a good rule of thumb to not boo guys who are down on the ground. It’s like mom always says — “When in doubt, don’t … boo a guy who is laying on the ground hurt.”
On the other side of things, getting 18,000 people to synchronize their hate for a single player is pretty impressive. Maybe it’s not the nicest thing in the world to say, but harassing the opponent’s best player is a time-honored tradition that is as old as sports itself. The fact that it’s something a sixth grader would come up with makes it even better. Riling Chris Paul up isn’t the best idea, but a simple, declarative statement about the fans’ Public Enemy No. 1 that is easy to decipher through television speakers is both effective and funny. Well done on this, and on the “See you Sunday” chant that took over the crowd in the closing moments of the game and even made Chris Paul giggle on the sidelines.
All in all, a mixed bag from Grizzlies fans last night. The booing is certainly going to overshadow the two zingers they were able to coordinate, which is really too bad. But those are the breaks when you do something that is instantly regrettable.