Blake Griffin once again showed everyone why he should be named Rookie of the Year. Matched up against the player many compare him to—Amare Stoudemire—Griffin did his best impersonation, going back and forth with Stoudemire all night with amazing play after amazing play.
Griffin’s electric play helped keep the Clippers in the game most of the night but the team was never able to get over the hump, losing 124 – 115. Griffin finished the game with a career high in points and assists with 44 and seven respectively. He also added 15 rebounds. Had Griffin hit some more of his free throws he could have broke the 50 point barrier.
Of the many spectacular plays by Griffin, the play of the night came in the third quarter when Griffin took on Knicks rookie center Timofey Mozgov. Griffin rose up against Mozgov, and put his head on Mozgov’s head as he elevated over him for thunderous dunk. If you watch the dunk in slow motion it brings back memories of the Dwight Howard dunk in the Superman costume at the All-Star game when he threw the ball in the basket instead of dunking it. But I’m not going to take anything away from Griffin’s career night because the play was ridiculous.
The amazing thing about Griffin’s play thus far is that he’s scoring most of his points in the paint because of his athleticism and knack for getting to the rim. When he develops a reliable jump shot and pump fake he can be an even deadlier weapon, which is scary to think about.
Side note: Griffin’s 44 points became the second most points by a Clippers rookie in team history, behind only Bob McAdoo’s 45 points.