March 28, 2014 |
Blake Griffin has impressed enough basketball pundits this season that he is being considered as a candidate for the NBA's most valuable player award. Griffin is in the conversation along with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Miami's LeBron James. Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle, whose Mavericks lost to the Clippers on Thursday, has taken notice of Griffin's play this season. “He's having a monster year,” Carlisle said. “And he's playing at a high level. Those are usually the two ingredients that gets you in that conversation.
November 26, 2013 |
Blake Griffin said he had the bursa sac in his right elbow drained after Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Griffin's swollen elbow was really noticeable when the Clippers played at Oklahoma City last Thursday night. It's an injury Griffin said he has dealt with every year he has been in the NBA. “It's still a little big,” Griffin said after practice Tuesday. “But they put some anti-inflammatory fluid in there. It should go down in the next couple of days.” Griffin said he was told that it wouldn't be a good thing to have surgery on the bursa sac right now. “If you do, there's an increased chance of arthritis,” Griffin said.
December 17, 2013 |
In nine games this month, Blake Griffin has done something highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented in his career -- he's averaged 84.2% from the free-throw line. It's quite a stat for a 6-foot-10 power forward who has a career average of 61.6% from the line. After the Clippers' 115-92 win Monday over the San Antonio Spurs, Griffin said his recent foul-shot success has had a big effect on how he plays. "It's a confidence thing for me," he said. "Going up there and feeling like you're going to hit every single one, not being worried about getting fouled at any point in the game.
October 4, 2012 |
Never mind the knee surgery that Blake Griffin had over the summer. Let's just say that it hasn't slowed him down too much. At an open Clippers practice at USC's Galen Center on Wednesday evening, Griffin made sure to re-reserve his regular spot on "SportsCenter. " Here's a breakdown of our favorite dunks, which can be seen in the video above: On one play, he stole the ball, took it cross-court, then threw the ball off the glass and rebounded it with a two-handed jam. There was also a 360-degree spinning dunk and a one-handed jam. Griffin sustained torn cartilage in his left knee on July 11, an injury that prevented him from participating in the London Olympics.
April 5, 2012 |
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.
December 28, 2012 |
OK, this wasn't quite Mozgov Part II. How about Mozgov-ian? Celtics rookie forward Jared Sullinger gamely tried to prevent a Blake Griffin dunk with a hard foul, receiving a flagrant foul 1 for his trouble in the third quarter of the latest Clippers' victory. For those with short memories, Griffin, in his rookie season, pretty much got on the NBA map with his signature dunk over a rookie center, Timofey Mozgov, then with the Knicks. The date? Nov. 20, 2010. It made for some fun things to write about -- once it became clear Mozgov remained intact.