Blake Griffin RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:251 lbs. / 113.9 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:251 lbs. / 113.9 kg.
Zach Lowe: As I wrote on Day 1 of free agency, would love to see how Clips look playing more small-ball w/ Blake at C. Could be really hard to guard.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In the end, the Clippers will be forced to use Blake Griffin significant minutes at center — and try to turn small-ball into an advantage.
The Clippers’ main focus now is on keeping Jordan. The season ended with Rivers denying reports Jordan and Chris Paul had a beef with each other. But other NBA officials not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said there indeed is a rift between Jordan and Paul. The officials said Jordan wants to be more involved in the offense and wants to be an All-Star, and he’s not sure whether those things can happen on the Clippers with All-Stars Paul and Blake Griffin.
Rivers noted that both Griffin and Jordan are 26 and entering the prime of their careers and that Michael Jordan and LeBron James didn’t win their first titles until they were 27. “We’re right on schedule,” Rivers said. “We’re on schedule. We would have liked to have been ahead a little bit, obviously. We thought we would have at least been in the West finals the way we were playing.”
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship and that both players, along with Blake Griffin, understand they need each other to ultimately win a championship and want to win one together. “I can put this to rest: They get along great,” Rivers told Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 on Thursday. “Clearly, like everybody, they don’t get along all the time, and they don’t get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don’t see that as an issue. I think all three, and I’m including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that’s the most important thing.”
Keeping cool and composed can be challenging in the aftermath of a demoralizing defeat. That can especially be the case when an athlete is then immediately asked a question about his team being cursed, but Blake Griffin managed to answer thoughtfully after the Clippers lost in the Western Conference Semifinals, providing perspective on how far they’ve come in just a few years. “The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons,” Griffin said. “No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one.”
The All-NBA Second Team consists of Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers, Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. The All-NBA Third Team is composed of the Warriors’ Klay Thompson, the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan.
The thinking goes something like this: If OKC is genuinely worried Durant will leave in 2016, they have to look to get something in return for him this year. Blake Griffin is from Oklahoma City. The Clippers keep topping out in the second round and might be willing to shake things up. It’s a nice theory. Juicy, too. But neither team has ever seriously discussed it. And Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has made it clear to the entire organization that he wants Griffin to be a part of the franchise for his entire career.
Said Clippers forward Blake Griffin: “They outplayed us in every sense of the word down the stretch. We took our foot off the gas, stopped defending, a lot of things.”
The NBA downgraded Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry’s ejection to flagrant 1 foul, minimizing the possibility of a suspension. Terry was kicked out with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Game 3 loss after pushing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. As Griffin fell down, he stuck his leg out in an attempt to trip Terry. “It’s just one of those games,” Terry said Saturday. “It’s playoff basketball, and I took a hard foul, and so I got to be real careful, and I don’t want to get ejected in a game that can cost us in a close ballgame.”
Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears on John Canzano’s Bald-Faced Truth radio show talking about the Trail Blazers: “This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor. Blake Griffin. Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland?
Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears on John Canzano’s Bald-Faced Truth radio show talking about the Trail Blazers: “This is a rumor. Let me say that three times. This is a rumor. This a rumor. This is a rumor. Blake Griffin. Obviously, there’s a connection there with the GM. And you wonder, if LaMarcus is interested in the Clippers, playing with Chris Paul. Could Neil Olshey get his old superstar with the Clippers in Portland? I think you get to a point where – Neil is smart. You’ve got to have a come-to-Jesus meeting with LaMarcus and say, “Hey, do you really want to be here or do you think you want to go. Because f you really want to go, help us – the same way Steve Nash helped the Suns. Don’t just walk away. Try to help out Portland in the process.”
Trevor Ariza added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Houston, which made 42 of its 64 free throws. Both were franchise playoff records. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with 34 points, but had just eight after halftime as Houston keyed on him with All-Star point guard Chris Paul out with a hamstring injury. “We got out of the rhythm, offensively, and that’s where the game changed for us,” Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers said. “We got stuck trying to go to Blake too much, and we forgot about the guys on the other side of the floor. That hurt us.”
Duncan, a 39-year-old five-time champion, gave the Clippers all they could handle in the first round. Last summer, he gave Griffin, a 26-year-old, five-time All-Star, his blueprint — only to watch Griffin ultimately embrace it at the Spurs’ expense. Produce, Duncan told him. Lead by example. Make people respect your actions. Have personal relationships with each of your teammates so you can have one-on-one conversations with them when they need you. Griffin listened, and took notes. Then, during the idyllic summer months in LA, it was time to execute the plan.
“I don’t think we took them lightly,” Harden said. “I just don’t think we had energy.” Griffin, who also had a triple-double on Saturday, has three this postseason. “Blake was just sensational,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I got on him because … he stopped looking to score and I told him at one point, ‘We need you to do everything,’ and he did it.'” Harden scored five straight points after the Clippers took their big lead, but Houston couldn’t do much after that and fans started heading for the exits with about two minutes left.
Blake Griffin had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his second straight triple-double to lead six double-digit scorers and lift the Clippers to a 117-101 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. “Without Chris, everybody has to step up,” Griffin said. “But it’s not one person’s job, it’s everybody’s job. And if you look at the stat sheet tonight, it was everybody.”
“I tell Blake every single night that he’s the guy on the court,” said Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who joined the Clippers in the third of Griffin’s five seasons. “No matter who’s on the court, he’s the guy. He has grown into that, and obviously you can see his maturity. When bad plays happen, when good plays happen, he stays focused. He’s leaving it all on the court.
Bill Simmons: At one point in second half, Blake got so mad at a Bill Kennedy call that he stared him down, then spit a huge loogie on the court… Kennedy thought about a T, changed his mind, eyeballed BG, then called over a ballboy to clean the spit up. Champion teams don’t do this.
Indeed, Griffin learned years ago not to worry about how he was perceived. Whatever it was that made everyone fawning or insulting, it was a mystery to him. “It’s definitely been a roller coaster,” he once told me. “I wasn’t really prepared for what happened that first season, how everything just kind of blew up. “Then on top of that, I wasn’t prepared for what was coming next. It was almost like an immediate 180, from all these people saying I can do this, this, this and that. And then, seemingly everybody saying I can’t do this, this and that. “And to this day, it seems to me like all I hear about is what I can’t do.”