Just when Los Angles Lakers fans thought it was safe to come out and play, Blake Griffin turned Staples Center into Camp Crystal Lake as his Clippers team drew first blood 118-111.
Griffin, now dawning a beard, had 39 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. He was 11-12 from the free-throw line, but it was his work on the low-post that was most impressive. Once classified as a player in the mold of Shawn Kemp who could only dunk over people, Griffin is now displaying the ability to score on the post with either hand. He is also knocking down his free-throws as to avoid ‘Hack-a-Blake’ treatment.
Chris Paul went a quiet 2-9 for 12 points. The Clippers would not have been able to win games before with that type of production from him. But now Griffin is slowly becoming the engine that powers this team. Although it’s become a guard driven league, scoring point guards who dominate the ball do not historically win you championships- ambidextrous big men who can score with their backs to the basket do.
As Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul continue to be the veteran elder statesmen, Blake Griffin is doing his part to establish a new pecking order in Los Angeles. He and DeAndre Jordan, also known as the ‘Watts Towers’ will make it a match-up nightmare every-night on Figueroa street.