We saw Blake Griffin get nasty.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 111-105 win over the Heat, Griffin and Heat point guard Mario Chalmers debated the high price of beef after Griffin nearly shouldered Chalmers into the courtside seats at STAPLES Center.
Chalmers, as you would expect, took exception. He received the first technical, and after receiving, Chalmers gave back. He said something that made Griffin charge forward, earning Griffin his fifth technical of the season. Chalmers bravely (or foolishly) kept jawing as cooler headbands -- worn by LeBron James and Baron Davis -- stepped between the two.
Moments later, Griffin responded in a manner most fitting Blake Griffin: he took it out on the rim with a double-pump, two-handed slam. Griffin then stared down Chalmers as he backed down the court gnawing at his mouth guard as if it were Chalmers' heart.
Seemingly mild-mannered off the court, the question is: will we continue to see this Griffin, the one with swagger and true grit? As if the NBA weren't his plaything already.