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Clippers' Blake Griffin, film critic, sees room for improvement

CLIPPERS FYI

The forward watches video of the team's opening loss — in which he made a most impressive debut — and says lapses are 'very correctable.'

October 29, 2010|By Lisa Dillman

Upon further review …

Not that Blake Griffin felt fine about Wednesday's 10-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers after subjecting himself to more viewing in the wee morning hours Thursday.

It was more like a little less awful.

He tweeted to thank his supporters after midnight and then settled in for a self-critique. The Clippers' Griffin made his long-awaited NBA debut, scoring 20 points and adding 14 rebounds and four assists against Portland, one more assist than Baron Davis.

"I wouldn't say I felt better about it," Griffin said. "But I felt the things we messed up on were correctable, very correctable. Just a matter of putting the work in out here.

"Normally, for me when I watch the game, I see every little mistake. The whole time, I'm watching myself. You know what I mean? I see the worst. As a team, I felt a little better."

He said he didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. and sounded very much like a 21-year-old when he spoke about the loss.

"I watched the second half twice," Griffin said. "I watched the whole game once. It was just, 'Oh, it's was tough.' Obviously, I don't like losing."

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Chris Kaman and Davis had highly forgettable season debuts. They were a combined seven for 29 from the field, and Davis had more turnovers than assists, four to three.

In the fourth quarter, they were a combined one for six.

More numbers to ponder: The Clippers had one offensive rebound in the fourth quarter and were outrebounded in that department by the Trail Blazers, 21-14.

Griffin had nine of the Clippers' 14 offensive rebounds.

"The best thing about that game for me is that it can't get much worse, you know, for me offensively," Kaman said. "I just felt like I didn't do my part to help my team."

"You hope you don't have a lot of games like that, basically. You've just got to move forward. I missed some big shots in the stretch."

Kaman talked about the atmosphere at Staples Center, namely the jolt of energy generated by Griffin's electric first quarter.

"I told him he should be wearing football pads on his legs the way he runs around," Kaman said. "He plays with so much energy, I think the fans are going to love watching him play this year. Obviously, you can just tell what kind of player he is already. He's a high-energy highlight reel waiting to happen."

That sort of buzz has been a rare commodity during Kaman's career in Los Angeles. At 28, he is the longest-tenured Clipper, by a longshot.

"We've had our ups and downs, more downs than ups," he said. "We've been through a lot of different players here. A lot of players. Actually, I can think of all the players I played with in my career here. Once you get established, I think we've got a good core between myself, Eric [Gordon], Blake and Baron.

"Like I said, it takes time to change the culture. It just doesn't happen overnight."

lisa dillman@latimes.com

twitter.com/realllisa

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