Blake Griffin’s Game is Expanding

Throughout his NBA career, Los Angeles Clippers’ power forward Blake Griffin has been known for his monstrous dunks, shot blocking ability, and low post moves. As this season has progressed, Griffin’s game has expanded to make him a more well-rounded player.Blake-Griffin

Griffin has always let his play do the talking for him. You won’t see him be that vocal leader who barks instructions to teammates. However, with point guard Chris Paul injured and on the bench in street clothes last night, a vocal Griffin emerged. In game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, Griffin posted his second-straight playoff triple double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists as the Clippers went on the road and defeated Houston.

For most of the second half, Griffin played as a point-forward and dished out ten of his 13 assists after halftime. At one point in the second quarter, the Clippers trailed by 13. Yet, Griffin’s message was clear to his teammates.

“My main message throughout the entire game was just to stay together. There’s no reason for us to just ever crumble or fall apart. We’ve seen so many things happen. So that was really my message to the team.”

It definitely appears like Griffin knew he needed to move out of his comfort zone to help the Clippers win last night.

Watching Griffin run the point on offense and defend Dwight Howard on defense while taking a vocal  leadership role with teammates was fun to watch.

Griffin is tied for the lead in rebounding in this year’s playoffs and is third in assists. Yes, assists. It is Griffin who leads the Clippers in assists this postseason not CP3. While Paul’s game-winning shot against the San Antonio Spurs in game seven pushed the Clippers to the Western Conference semifinals, Griffin posted the first triple double in a game 7 since former Los Angeles Lakers’ forward James Worthy back in 1988 a year before Griffin was born.

I am sure Griffin and his teammates will agree they are a better team with Paul on the floor. However, if Paul misses further games due to injury, Griffin has proven he can lead the team with his play and vocal leadership.

And that’s as I see it!

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