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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.” Los Angeles Daily News

April 20, 2015 Updates

Griffin’s “posterizing” of Baynes exploded on social media and attracted unsympathetic coverage from major US news sites. It also prompted a rewriting of Baynes’ Wikipedia page. “Aron John Baynes (born 9 December 1986) is an Australian professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) who was reduced to a smoldering pile of ash by Blake Griffin during the 2015 NBA Playoffs,” it began. FOXSports.com

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Paul and Griffin engaged in an animated discussion in front of the Clippers' bench after Griffin was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with less than one second left in the first half. After teammates tried to mediate the conversation, Paul walked toward the bench and Griffin walked toward the court. "Talk it out. Figure it out. Move on," was written on the whiteboard in the Clippers' locker room after the game. "It's not about the other team; it's about us and what we're trying to do," Paul said. "I think it shows we're always trying to get it right." ESPN.com

Griffin said the conversation "was about the last couple of plays" down the stretch of the first half. "We always talk about how we can do a better job at the end of quarters and the end of halves," Griffin said. "Last night we had one, and sometimes, we're kind of on the edge of do we go or do we wait and we should have gotten into something quicker. I was spread waiting on him and he's looking on me, waiting on me; it's one of things we have to be on the same page. At the end of the day, it's not that big a thing." ESPN.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

Griffin said he gets angry often at all the rough stuff, especially things that seem unnecessary. But he said the lessons from his father, who was a good basketball player himself, remain. “You need to keep the same demeanor,” he said. “You get suspended, you hurt your team. You need to always show they can't get inside your head. They can call you anything they want, but remember one thing. Lots of tough guys go to their graves.” Los Angeles Times

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Serge Ibaka is not on that list. In November of 2013, during a game in LA, Ibaka pushed Blake Griffin as he tried to put up a shot. Barnes raced over, Ibaka cocked a fist, and teammates restrained the pair. Barnes was not impressed. “He just thinks he’s the toughest guy on earth and I don’t see it,” Barnes says. “We can fight on the court or after the game. To me it doesn’t matter. But you’re not going to continue to punch Blake in the balls, or throw elbows, or push me…I’m not having none of that s---. When I put him in his place, not only fans but guys on other teams were happy. They’d be coming up, saying, ‘I hate that f---ing guy.’” Sports Illustrated

“The layers I would probably characterize as situations. We’re basically simulating,” Snyder said, before going into full-on coach-speak. “The easiest example would be sideline pick-and-roll versus middle pick-and-roll, versus Chris Paul and Blake Griffin [running] pick-and-roll in the low post; one-four pick-and-roll versus one-five pick-and-roll. There’s certain players that people specifically will put in pick-and-roll – that happened to us earlier in the year a lot, where people identified a player that they think is not as good defensively and isolate them. So learning how to manage those situations and trying to recreate a specific P&R situation.” Basketball Insiders

April 1, 2015 Updates

The Clippers currently are seeded fifth in the Western Conference and are fighting for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but Blake Griffin doesn't believe home court will be much of an advantage if Tuesday night's 110-106 loss to the Golden State Warriors is any indication. "Home-court advantage is just not there for us," Griffin said after the game. "If that's how it feels in the playoffs, it's not looking good." ESPN.com

Warriors fans made Staples Center sound more like Oracle Arena on Tuesday night. They loudly cheered every made basket by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and chanted, "M-V-P" when Curry was at the free throw line, causing several Clippers players to look up into the stands and shake their heads. "I don't know what we could do, but it would be great if it wasn't that way," said Griffin, who had 40 points in the loss. "It's kind of like when we play the Lakers. I don't know, maybe worse. It's one of those things where it would be great if it wasn't like that." ESPN.com

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