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Blake Griffin showing restraint with dunks during exhibition games

October 18, 2012|By Melissa Rohlin

Sorry, "SportsCenter," Blake Griffin may not be providing you with many highlight reels during the preseason.

Your 6-foot-10 dunking machine is taking it easy, by his standards -- choosing his spots, if you will.

Griffin had a few opportunities in Wednesday's 96-94 exhibition  win over the Utah Jazz to deliver some of his signature earth-shattering jams -- but he wisely used some restraint.

"It's not necessarily that I've stopped trying to dunk but I think it's just a matter of knowing this is preseason," Griffin said. 

Griffin has not always demonstrated that type of self control.

"My rookie year, first preseason, I definitely would have tried to bring the house down," he said.

As he learned, that mentality can be dangerous.

Griffin suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his left knee during his landing following a dunk in the Clippers' final preseason game  his rookie year.

This time around, for the most part, when Griffin saw open lanes Wednesday evening, he took it relatively easy.

He recalled one play in the first half where he had an opportunity to dazzle the crowd -- but instead of doing a 360-degree dunk, he used some prudence and made a driving layup.

"It wasn't one of those ones where I really wanted to do anything," he said. "My steps were a little messed up."

Griffin finished with 23 points on 11-for-20 shooting.

He looked powerful -- and smart.

"You know how long of a grind it is," Griffin said of the season.

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