One leap, one forearm shove and one powerful dunk Blake Griffin threw down quickly sent Pau Gasol to the floor.
Before he had even time to process becoming the latest victim on Griffin's dunk posters, Gasol's first instinct involved arguing with you-know-who.
"I was on my [butt], I woke up, I stood up and told the referee I had a ... forearm on my face, on my throat," Gasol said after the Lakers' 113-108 victory Wednesday over the Clippers. "That's something that needs to be looked at."
The officials hardly listened. Count Kobe Bryant as one of the joyful spectators scarcely concerned with not hearing a whistle. He's never shy to jaw with officials and he has the nine technical fouls to prove it. But Bryant wasn't planning to drop a few curse words on Gasol's behalf for one simple reason.