HoopsHype Blake Griffin rumors

April 19, 2014 Updates

Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers star Blake Griffin for flopping and playing out of control, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing what he's been doing this season, even if that includes flopping. "That's Klay's opinion; I don't really care," Rivers said Friday. "I just keep looking at what Blake's done. If he's flopping, then keep doing it because those numbers look awful good to me. So flop on. That's the way I look at it. Whatever he's done this year, I want him to keep doing exactly that. When the votes come for MVP, he'll be in the top three. "I'm good with anything anybody says. Blake, you just keep doing what you're doing. What's happening is Blake is kicking a lot of people's butts and they need something to say about him." ESPN.com

Griffin didn't want to get into a war of words with Golden State but acknowledged it would be impossible to leave his emotions behind when the Clippers and Warriors open their Western Conference first-round series Saturday. "I don't think you can leave the emotions behind," Griffin said. "I think both teams need that to a certain extent. You can't be too emotional where it's affecting your play, but you have to play with some emotion. You can't take that out of the game." ESPN.com

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The interviewer asks Griffin if he really thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old, to which Griffin replies, rather hilariously: I don't want to do the math, but somewhere around there. Now, Griffin is known to be a very witty guy who possesses a dry sense of humor, so it's entirely possible that he was just joking. We really, really hope he was joking. Deadspin.com

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Erase the name "David Stern" and the phrase "basketball reasons" from your memory bank. Grab a stack of oversized Cliff Paul heads from the State Farm commercials and hold them over your heads while marching down Santa Monica Boulevard. Move on. For some reason, it still isn't happening. "I thought the city would have embraced him," Clippers forward Blake Griffin said of Paul. "I mean, it seems like everywhere we go, people love Chris. I don't know why he would get booed at a Dodger game." Los Angeles Times

April 6, 2014 Updates

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 points apiece, and the Los Angeles Clippers hung another rout on the Lakers, winning 120-97 Sunday to take three of four games this season from their beleaguered Staples Center co-tenants. It wasn't quite the blowout of the Clippers' previous two wins — 48 points on March 6 and 36 points on Jan. 10 — but they were easily in command as the designated home team. J.J. Redick added 15 points and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Pacific Division-winning Clippers, who improved to 32-6 at home. USA Today Sports

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With just eight games remaining, including two more on the Clippers’ five-game road trip, the team is likely to exercise caution with Griffin. The Clippers clinched their third consecutive postseason berth with their victory Saturday. “I’m not sure how bad it is,” Rivers said. “I just don’t know yet. I mean, clearly if it’s something where [Powell] says, ‘It’s your call.’ Then that means no. If it’s may call then no. I want it to be the trainer’s call where he knows he can play.” NBA.com

“It scared the hell out of me because I’ve had that reaction myself and that’s a back injury,” Rivers said following the Clippers’ 118-107 win over the Houston Rockets Saturday. “They don’t think it’s awful.” Griffin left the game with 5:49 left in the first quarter and did not return. Rivers said the MVP candidate and Clippers’ leading scorer is day-to-day with lower back spasms. Griffin, who has started all 74 games this season and has missed just two games since making his NBA debut in 2010-11, was injured as the flashed into the paint in front of Rockets second-year forward Donatas Motiejunas. He got bumped in the lower back, took a step forward, grabbed at his back and slowly dropped to his knees a step or two beyond the 3-point line. NBA.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

In Griffin’s first two years in the league, more than 67 percent of all his shot attempts were within three feet of the hoop. This year, that number has dropped all the way down below 60 percent. He has proportioned his shot selection to 43 percent of his attempts coming from outside the paint and knocking down a mid-range 15-18 foot jumper at a clip of slightly over 40 percent. HoopsHype

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