The whispers about Blake Griffin's physical play and highlight dunks that have embarrassed opponents have now become full-blown conversations.

It's clear that opposing players don't like getting dunked on by Griffin, then seeing him pose over them. And then, beyond that, having to see the highlights over and over of the spectacular play.

As a result, opponents are being more physical with Griffin, and in some cases hard, flagrant fouls have been committed against the Clippers' All-Star power forward.

"I was told by somebody — I ain't going to say who — he is Public Enemy No. 1 as far as dunking," Chris Paul said after Thursday night's game in Phoenix. "We try to protect him. He gets beat up on the offensive end."

In Griffin's eyes, it's one thing to be physical when feet are on the floor and he's fighting to get off a shot or to grab a rebound. But it's another thing for a player such as Suns reserve center Robin Lopez to chase him down from behind on a fastbreak and hook him around the neck rather than give up a dunk.

Lopez was given a flagrant-two foul and ejected from Thursday night's game.