Anyone get a whiff of the play of Blake Griffin lately? How about that 47 points he dropped on Indiana the other night? How about the 25 straight double doubles? The Clippers have finally hit on a top draft pick and the only hope now is that owner Donald Sterling doesn’t start heckling him from the sidelines.
However, with his rise to super stardom (someone on Twitter said yesterday that he is the best player in L.A. right now…easy, champ) comes a bigger bullseye on his back. And the Clippers have noticed that teams like Indiana have started to get chippy with him.
And they don’t appreciate it.
“Just as far as having each other’s back, but knowing, hey, it’s a target on him especially and we’ve got to be ready for it,” said veteran Craig Smith, who is out with an injury, but is a bit cat at 265 lbs.
“And if we have to get in a brawl, there’s a brawl. It’s a grown-man’s league, and sometimes it happens. I don’t like for it to happen like that, but it’s a very emotional game. He might not like how somebody grabs him and might get up fast. It happens. It’s part of the game. I wish it was like hockey, where we could put boards all around, if guys want to go at it. But I think they don’t want to go at it with him like that, one-on-one.
“I think it started in the Portland game, with Andre Miller. I told [Griffin], ‘You’ve got to protect yourself out there, first and foremost. But at the same time, as a group, we have your back.’ They tried to get in his head. I told him, ‘Don’t let it frustrate you. Just take it to another level. Use that anger out there on the floor versus going at them at attacking ‘em.’ ”
We agree with the sentiment, but we don’t like the idea of Griffin sticking up for himself. The Clippers need to sign Frank Bialowas or Peter Worrell to just come in and take care of any problems. They need goons!