The Oklahoman rookie sensation is the shoe in for Rookie of the Year only 42 days into the NBA season. While performing the most eye-popping, gravity defying dunks, Griffin is becoming one of the most balanced scorers in the league. Griffin earned the Western Conference Defensive Player of the month for December.
Wednesday’s victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves ended Griffin’s 27th consecutive double-double of the season (points and rebounds). The battle down-low between Timber wolves center Kevin Love and Blake Griffin was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. Love continued his streak of double-doubles to 29, had twenty-six points and 11 rebounds. Love continues to lead the league in rebounds, but he and the Timber wolves couldn’t contain the great Blake and company.
Although Griffin is the face of the Clippers, the team has now become healthy and with each game, they manifest cohesion that many powerhouse squads cannot attain.
The resurgence of point guard Baron Davis is perhaps the most essential piece of the puzzle. The veteran knows where his team-mates are, creates opportunities to score and is unselfish with the basketball. He leads the young team in assists with 186 thus far.
The silent assassin, known as guard Eric Gordon has become a clutch and reliable player down the stretch of the game. Not much of a talker, he lets his game for himself. While teams are preparing and studying ways to shut down Griffin, Gordon will dissect defenses by penetrating to the basket, killing the hopes of a victory of opposing teams. Gordon is leading the team in scoring, averaging 23 points a game, with Griffin averaging 22 a game.
For many years, the Staples Center has been the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Clippers have been viewed as renting the facility. This season, the Clippers have won their sixth straight home game, giving Clipper nation a reason to call the Staples Center their own.
The “other” LA team has won 11 of their last 15 games and the Lakers have won 8 of the last 10 match-ups after losing to the plunging Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Be on the look-out for the return of the colorful and dynamic Chris Kaman after the All-Star break, which was sidelined due to injury, giving Los Angeles an even threat.
The Clippers have caught the attention of many and will host the NBA All-Star Break, giving them even more of the spotlight.
The Clippers face the injury plagued Portland Trail Blazers tonight on the road, tip off at 10:30pm/7:30 (PST).
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Written by Gyasmine
Gyasmine George, M.S., a former basketball player, coach and advisor for student athletes and founder of Female Field Guide where she educates and advises women on sports and athletics. She has a rich love and knowledge for sports and athletics through her many years of growing up in a sports home. In addition, her hands on experience in a plethora of entities of athletics such as playing on championship travel and high school teams, coaching, teaching and advising, sales, marketing and promotions, game day management, communications and writing, has lead her to continue to fuel her passion for athletics. Contact Gyasmine at firstname.lastname@example.org