Check out Chris Ballard’s piece in SI this week on Blake Griffin.
I tuned into the first Clippers game of my life last night. I watched the first half, griffin dropped 25 points on a variety of smooth low post moves and improbable leaps. He took a few wild shots, but when he missed those, he often got the off rebound and stuck it back in anyway. One alley-oop dunk was a 10.
On another play, he found himself ungaurded near the top of the key. most players would dribble to the foul line and take the short jumper. but he kept going, right into the middle where all the defensive players had amassed. instead of crashing into them, he just took off, lifted up over them and cocked his arm for what was going to be an all time great dunk. boozer could only get as high as griffin's chest, and kind of body block/clotheslined him off track.
i would call it a cynical foul to destroy something with that kind of potential, but maybe there was also some miscalculation on boozer's part. like "i'll block this, oh my god he's over my head, get out of the way!"
i was actually really disappointed when i woke up and found out he only had 7 points in the 2nd half.
The vets seem to admire the guy too. The article talks about how hard the dude plays and that has earned him respect beyond the highlight reel dunks.
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