WATCH: Brooklyn Nets Game Turns Ugly as Blake Griffin Gets Physical With Detroit Pistons Player

Published 11/05/2021, 10:34 PM EDT
Nov 5, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin (2) and Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) get into a scuffle during the fourth quarter at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


The young Detroit Pistons took on the Brooklyn Nets tonight in their second battle of the season. After losing the game on the road earlier this month, the Pistons hosted the Nets tonight, hoping to change fortunes. Not only did fans witness a closely contested game but also watched a fight towards the end.

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With three minutes left on the clock, the Nets were only up by two points. As Pistons’ Cory Joseph hit a three, young center, Isaiah Stewart was trying to box out to grab the miss. But during the play, Nets’ Blake Griffin wrapped his arm around Stewart to keep him at bay. The Pistons big man was not a fan of this dirty play and unsuccessfully tried to fling Griffin to the ground.

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Griffin barely moved initially, but then tripped over Stewart’s leg and was on the ground. Stewart then proceeded to stand right over his the six-time All-Star. Despite being teammates last season for a brief period, the duo went at each other. Both of them received double personal fouls and Stewart was also handed a Double Technical.

Not the first time that Isaiah Stewart has had a go at Brooklyn Nets’ Blake Griffin

When Blake Griffin returned to Detroit for his first game against them in March 2021, he did not have the reception he was hoping for. Early in the first half, in another box out situation with Stewart, things got ugly.

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After Griffin successfully kept out Stewart from grabbing the offensive board, the Pistons player elbowed the Nets veteran. It looked like he was frustrated because of the missed rebound, and Griffin had to pay with an elbow to the face. It ended with Griffin receiving a technical foul while Stewart got a flagrant-2 and automatic ejection.

Since his rookie season, Stewart has shown that he is not someone to be messed with. He may be one of the youngest players in the league, but he is also fearless.

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After being considered a top-10 pick in mock drafts, the Pistons were able to grab him with their 16th pick. Since then, he has been proving to be an absolute steal, and one of the better rookies from the stacked 2020 class.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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