Posts Tagged ‘Blake Griffin’

Horry Scale: Blake’s lucky bounce


VIDEO: Blake’s bouncing winner

In the history of lucky basketball bounces, none can touch Don Nelson‘s late shot in Game 7 of the 1969 Finals, helping the Celtics secure their 11th title. The ball hit back rim, went straight up and then dropped through the basket and into the hearts of the Lakers.

That happened at the Forum, which is now closed. But roughly 25 minutes from that site (or 30, depending on L.A. freeway traffic), Blake Griffin had a similar brush with lucky fate when he put the final touch on a 121-120 overtime Clippers win over the Suns in what could be the No. 1 thriller of the NBA season thus far.

The contest was what you’d expect from a pair of high-scoring teams that love to play freestyle, free-wheeling basketball. The guard-heavy Suns thrive in the open floor and the Clippers, blessed with point guard Chris Paul, favor the fast break as well. The contest was back-and-forth all night, and five extra minutes were tacked on after regulation. As a fan at Staples Center, could you ask for anything more?

Well, yes. A Clippers victory. Which was in doubt until Griffin took an inbounds pass from Paul with the Clippers down a pair and the clock ticking.

But we’ll get to the winning sequence in a minute. First, about Griffin. He had a monster night with 45 points, two shy of his career high. If these teams meet in the playoffs, the Suns might want to watch video of this game (minus the last few seconds) and figure how to keep Griffin from getting to the line (he made 15 of 17 free throws) and how to keep a body on him.

OK, on to the details.

DIFFICULTY

After taking the inbounds pass from Paul, Griffin faked a pass back to Paul, then faced the basket, took a step-back and let it fly from the right elbow beyond the arc. The ball bounced off the rim, then the top of the glass, then fell in. He had to do all of that in 2.6 seconds, which he managed to pull off without a hitch. But not without a few bounces. Hey, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

GAME SITUATION

Blake was only in position to take that shot partly because Jamal Crawford was ejected for the first time in his career in the fourth quarter after arguing a foul call. Normally, Griffin would not get the ball to launch a 3-pointer; he’d attempted only nine all season prior to the shot. Also, the game went into overtime because Paul had his game-winning attempt blocked by Eric Bledsoe (27 points, 16 assists, 11 rebounds) at the fourth-quarter buzzer. Also, the Clippers had the ball because the Suns committed a shot-clock violation. Finally, with a foul to give, the Suns grabbed Griffin just before his game-winner. But instead of shooting while getting fouled, Griffin passed off. He could’ve put himself at the free-throw line with a chance to tie instead of the Clippers being forced to inbound the ball. But it turned out okay for him.

IMPORTANCE

The Clippers stumbled out of the gate to start the season, drawing the ire of coach Doc Rivers and perhaps having owner Steve Ballmer wonder what in the heck he was getting for his $2 billion. But all is well now. The Clippers have won eight straight and are clearly on the rise. Teams in the West have no choice but to see the vortex from L.A. heading their way (hint: It’s not the Lakers). It was the second straight loss for the Suns, whose only real issue is they don’t play in the East.

CELEBRATION

After the swish, er bounce, Griffin took off sprinting down the floor, followed quickly by Paul. As you might also might have expected, Staples was in bedlam. Speaking of Staples, Rivers said he wants the building to be a home-court advantage like it has been (or rather, was) for the Lakers. If the Clippers intend on playing like this, Rivers won’t have any reason to worry about the crowd or the noise level.

GRADE

Look, we realize Griffin got a little lucky. OK, a lot lucky. Still, the shot was the cherry on top of a tremendous performance for him, so we give it three Horrys.

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Austin Rivers attempts novel defensive strategy against Blake Griffin

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We all know that Blake Griffin is one of the toughest players in the NBA to stop — his size, speed, and ability to either knock down outside shots or take the ball to the basket present a host of problems for defenders. We’ve seen opponents try and get physical with Blake, usually to no avail. But over the weekend, New Orleans guard Austin Rivers got tangled with Blake on a pick-and-roll and ended up “pantsing” Blake. Hey, that’s one way to stop him.

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(via r/NBA)

Blake Griffin inspires circular photobomb

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes something new. The Miami Heat have given us dozens of variations of the photobomb, but last night the Clippers came up with a totally new innovation on the photobomb. After defeating the Magic, 114-86, while Blake Griffin was doing the postgame interview, Clips players Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan came out and photobombed Griffin with what appears to be an orbital photobomb. They circled him several times as he spoke, leaving me to wonder if perhaps this was a tribute to NASA’s impending Orion launch, or maybe it’s just whatever they thought of in the moment. Whatever it is, your move, Miami.

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Doug McDermott photobombs CP3, Blake Griffin, Kid Ink


VIDEO: Kid Ink

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen plenty of stars at Lakers games through the years, but don’t forget about the Clippers, who get their share as well. Last night, for instance, with the Clippers hosting the Bulls, rapper (and Clippers fan) Kid Ink was at the game. In the video above, he talks about being a Clippers fan and how much that means to him. And at the very end of the video, you can see him pose for a photo with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and…Bulls rookie Doug McDermott?

Above is video evidence of McBuckets’ epic photobomb. If you look at the group photo, McDermott seems perfectly happy to be involved…

But look at the photo taken just seconds later, and you can see Blake giving him the business…

Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to star in sketch comedy special

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin and Chris Paul are not only partners on the court, but off the court as well. They’ve each proven their acting chops, so now they’re joining up with comedian Neal Brennan, to create their own sketch comedy special, titled “BGCP3TVinHD.” Really. Brennan, who co-created “Chapelle’s Show,” gave the stars rave reviews in an interview with USA Today: “Both Blake and Chris took notes really well and played off of each other in a fantastic way. Blake’s humor is a little more dry while Chris is a bit of a cluckster. Best part of all this is that everyone knew Blake was funny already, now they’re gonna know Chris is funny too.”

You can check out the teaser trailer below. The first episode will debut on Adult Swim on October 24 at 12:12 AM.


VIDEO: BGCP3TVinHD

Blake Griffin, spoken word poet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERBlake Griffin is a man of many talents, from slam dunks to dumping water on fans sitting courtside. One of the best things about Blake, though, is that he doesn’t seem to mind trying new things. Like, oh, I dunno…poetry?

Yes, in this new series of commercials from Vizio, Blake the baller becomes Blake the spoken word poet. Snaps up…


VIDEO: Blake pants


VIDEO: Blake bobble

(via FTW)

Spencer Hawes challenges Blake Griffin to arm-wrestling contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The numbers NBA players wear can be just as important as their shoes or their haircuts. Some players have worn the same number since childhood, or they have some deep attachment to the number. I know one former NBA player who’s phone number ends with his uniform number repeated over and over — and yes, he said he requested it that way. But when a player changes teams, sometimes his former number is suddenly in use by a different player or, worse, retired and totally unavailable. At least when a different player is wearing your number, you may be able to convince him to give up that number, whether through monetary recompense or, as newly acquired Clippers center Spencer Hawes suggested to Blake Griffin on Twitter, even a feat of strength…

Lob City visits Croatia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Being able to jump like Clippers big men Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan must be an incredible feeling. It is a feeling I have never had, and barring some freaky science experiment, will likely never have. It would be useful not only when playing basketball, of course, but also if you found yourself on a tourist-filled beach in Croatia, like this video that recently surfaced featuring Griffin and Jordan on a beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia, having some fun in the sun…


VIDEO: BG and DJ at beach

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Kevin Durant gives his shoes to Bubba Watson

By Lang Whitaker, NBA.com

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There were several celebrities in attendance last night in Los Angeles for Game 6 between the Clippers and the Thunder. But when the game ended, to whom did Kevin Durant trot over and hand off his game worn shoes? Bubba Watson, the two-time (and defending) Masters champ.

For a little added intrigue, it’s probably worth noting that Watson is an avowed fan and friend of Chris Paul, and he’s even thrown some alley-oops to Blake Griffin. Looks like KD might be working his way into Watson’s framily plan…


VIDEO: KD gives shoes to Bubba

(via PGA.com)

Shaqtin’ A Fool: Worst Of Round 1 & #ShaqtinMVP

VIDEO: Shaqtin A Fool: Worst of Round 1

Vote for your favorite Shaqtin’ A Fool moment from the First Round of the playoffs and tweet your favorite to #Shaqtin.

Don’t forget to tune in to NBA TV on June 11 at 9 p.m. ET for a special 30-minute edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool that will culminate in the naming of the 2013-14 #ShaqtinMVP!
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