February 24, 2011 |
Unfortunately for Baron Davis , his most memorable moment during 21/2 forgettable seasons with the Clippers was throwing a pass through a sunroof to Blake Griffin. ? Not even Donald Sterling could heckle that. ? Two games into their stretch run, Pau Gasol and the Lakers have put the Calamity in Cleveland behind them. ? Clippers announcer Mike Smith , during Wednesday's telecast, said that Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets should have been the NBA's most valuable player in 2008, noting that 2008 MVP Kobe Bryant should have won "three or four" other times.
October 31, 2010 |
Bring on the likes of bigs Tyson Chandler , Brendan Haywood and Dirk Nowitzki . Yes, the challengers were sizable and many for Blake Griffin in the third game of his NBA career, this one against the Dallas Mavericks. "Blake has enough ball skills to be more effective than he was tonight, there's no question about that," Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said. "It's a good learning curve for him. He guarded Dirk well at times. He took a charge in the second half, which was great.
June 26, 2012 |
As if Kobe Bryant needed another reminder, it's becoming more apparent he's no longer at the forefront of the NBA's hype machine. Sure, Bryant boasts the top selling jersey interntationally. His presence in China proves unmatched. Out here in Los Angeles, Bryant still remains king. But there are other signs suggesting he's no longer commanding the spotlight. Most of the excitement in L.A. last season centered on the dunks the Clippers threw down and less on the aging Lakers.
January 10, 2010 |
Injured Clippers rookie Blake Griffin might finally join his teammates in practice later this week, but only for running and shooting, Coach Mike Dunleavy said Saturday. Griffin, a power forward who was the NBA's No. 1 draft pick, is still waiting to make his debut after suffering a stress fracture in his left kneecap. He has been steadily rehabilitating the knee, but no timetable has been set for when he'll play his first regular-season game or, for that matter, when he'll first practice when contact with other players is involved.
October 27, 2010 |
You've got to be Blakin' kidding me. The first professional basket for this city's most intriguing basketball player was a dunk, alley-oop, raise the roof, ooohs and aaahs and oh my gosh. Moments later, Blake Griffin had an even better one. The third professional basket for this city's most intriguing basketball player was a flying jam off a rebound, left-handed, wild-minded, fans literally falling over each other in dramatic amazement. Before Wednesday's Clippers debut of last year's injured No. 1 overall draft pick, Portland Coach Nate McMillan said, "He's a monster.
March 12, 2011 |
Catching up with Blake Griffin .... That's just it. You can't catch up with him, or no one has yet. The Blake Rules are like none before him. No one saw him coming until he broke out as an Oklahoma sophomore. Even as runaway No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft, no one thought he'd be this good this soon. In the biggest surprise of all, he might just be warming up. Before Blake, phenoms didn't come out of nowhere, they were preceded by marching bands, or jet escorts.
September 29, 2009 |
Chris Kaman was musing about how odd it was that Clippers rookie Blake Griffin doesn't necessarily have to be The Man. At least not immediately. "It's crazy you say that, right? But we won 19 games here and you would think he'd have to come here and have to be 'The Man,' " Kaman said Monday during the Clippers' media day at Staples Center. "And he doesn't. That sounds crazy to me. How can we have the struggle we had last year and have someone come in who is the first pick, and is who he is and not have to be The Man?
December 29, 2013 |
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has a simple explanation for Blake Griffin's recent dominance. "He's good," Rivers said. Griffin has been better than good for the last two weeks, averaging 26.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in eight games. He has shot 53.8% from the field and 80.6% (58 for 72) from the free-throw line. Asked if this stretch is the best he has played in his career, Griffin said, "Might be. " The Clippers are 6-2 during the stretch, and Griffin said, "The best part about it is we've won games.
December 5, 2011 |
Blake Griffin and Mo Williams made the calls to their Clippers teammates, inviting them to work out during the NBA lockout. They gathered at Loyola Marymount at times, or at a local high school. It was just the Clippers bonding. The idea, Griffin said after a workout Monday at the team's practice facility in Playa Vista, was to build a winning atmosphere. Griffin said it was easy to get DeAndre Jordon (a restricted free agent looking for a contract), Eric Gordon (looking for a contract extension)
May 12, 2012 |
In what could have been a close-out game for the Clippers, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul spent much of the fourth quarter in an unusual position. They were on the bench. Griffin sat for nearly the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter, nursing his sprained left knee. Paul was out for the first five minutes, resting his strained right hip. They watched helplessly as Memphis erased the team's eight-point lead. Paul reentered the game with 6:37 remaining when the Clippers' advantage had fallen to one point, 76-75.