I know, this is very Bleacher Report of me, but forgive me. We’re kind of in the middle of the dog days of the NBA season, with the playoff stretch quickly approaching.
In light of the latest insane Blake Griffin alley-oop Wednesday night against Milwaukee, I figured it’d be as good a time as ever to look back and go through his greatest-ever dunks as a member of the L.A. Clippers.
Considering how many insane plays he’s made in three years, it’s nearly impossible to try and limit this list to just 10, but I’m trying.
This clearly doesn’t require any more setup, so let’s just go.
10. Blows by Jeff Green and Assaults Nenad Krstic
Remember Nenad Krstic? Good times. This took place during Griffin’s “rookie” season (he missed his true rookie season with the knee injury), before Green and Krstic were shipped from OKC to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins. I’m not quite sure what kind of defense Green was trying to employ here, because it sure looks as though he’s just letting Griffin make his way to the bucket as he pleases. Krstic comes over to help far too late, much to his dismay, and to the delight of America.
9. Putback Flush over DeMarcus Cousins
This one seems fairly underrated in terms of difficulty level. Chris Kaman comes off a screen to miss a baseline jumper, and it appears as though DeMarcus Cousins has himself an easy rebound on the other side. Griffin then comes out of nowhere, gathers the rebound with his left hand and finishes the dunk all in one motion. No easy feat, for sure.
8. Putback Dunk over all of New York City
This was the game during which Griffin truly broke out, with three ultra-memorable dunks to go alongside his 44-point, 15-rebound, 7-assist effort in a loss to the Knicks during his rookie season. Eric Gordon misses the running floater in the lane, and Blake follows-up (no Knicks felt the need to box-out, apparently) with a one-handed putback over-the-back of Timofey Mozgov (more on him later). Notice how high Griffin’s head gets here.
7. Reverse Alley-oop vs. Golden State
This one was also during Griffin’s rookie year. Eric Bledsoe runs the break and seemingly haphazardly just tosses the ball up to Griffin, who catches it, spins, kinda pumps a bit, and finishes with the reverse. Quite fancy, indeed.
6. Spin Move on the Break over Gallinari
This one also comes in the aforementioned game against the Knicks. Blake gets the ball, runs the break, executes a nice spin move and finishes with the one-hander right over Danilo Gallinari.
5. Poor Pau, Part 1
These next two each came in the same game last season against the Lakers. By all accounts, Pau Gasol is one of the nicest guys in the league. Unfortunately for Pau, Griffin showed little mercy. Honestly, this was probably a missed offensive foul call, but no matter.
4. Poor Pau, Part 2
Same game here, as mentioned above, and, on this one, Blake jumps out of the arena for the putback off the Randy Foye miss and Gasol nearly perishes in the process. The way Pau goes down in slow motion around the 18-second mark of the video is truly glorious.
One of two Griffin throw-it-in slams. You remember.
2. Crawford-Griffin Oop
I mentioned this one above, as well. Jamal Crawford sees Griffin behind him on the fast break, kinda tosses the ball to himself, goes through-the-legs, and leaves it for Blake to finish with the windmill dunk, serving as the exclamation point in the win over the Bucks.
This one had to be No. 1, right? It’s what started it all.
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Written by Taylor Smith
Taylor Smith is a writer for the Los Angeles Clippers, and covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for ProSportsBlogging.com.