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 2, 2012 |
His Clippers teammates constantly encourage Blake Griffin to shoot the basketball when he's open. They know Griffin puts in the extra time working on his jump shot with Clippers shooting coach Bob Thate. They all know that the defense is doing all it can to limit Griffin's dunks and post-ups down low. So when he has that 15-foot jump shot, Griffin's teammates have just one thing to tell the All-Star power forward. "Every game, every practice, before every game, a lot of guys will come up and be like, 'Shoot it. We see you working on it every day. Shoot it,'" Griffin said.
November 24, 2012 |
- It seems as if every opponent is willing to give Blake Griffin the jump shot rather than have the Clippers All-Star power forward dunk. Griffin is aware of that. His teammates are aware of that. That's why Griffin said his teammates encourage him to shoot the jump shots. Against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night, Griffin didn't hesitate. Griffin was particularly good in the first half, shooting eight for 13 from the field for 19 points. Griffin finished with 22 points on nine-for-17 shooting.
November 17, 2012 |
There were times last season when Blake Griffin was anxious the moment he stepped to the free-throw line, knowing his 52.1% free-throw percentage was the big weak spot in his game. Griffin also knew that his free-throw shooting, along with that of center DeAndre Jordan (52.5%), weighed on the Clippers. They ended up as the second-worst free-throw shooting team in the NBA last season at 68%. But this season, both Griffin and Jordan are more confident when they step up to the free-throw line.
October 8, 2012 |
The hitch is not in Blake Griffin's giddy-up, but in his shooting motion. Just as the Clippers' star forward is about to release the ball, he pauses, a hiccup he has tried to stop by working with the team's new shooting coach, Bob Thate . During warmups before the Clippers' 106-104 exhibition loss against Denver on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Griffin's shooting release looked smoother than before. But during the game, the holdup in his release reappeared when Griffin went to the free-throw line, where he shot 52% last season.
June 2, 1990
Bob Thate, a former assistant basketball coach at UC Irvine, was named an assistant to Coach Seth Greenberg at Cal State Long Beach. Greenberg's staff will also include Bob Braswell and Matt Ruiz, who were 49er assistants last season.