Blake Griffin The Driving Force Behind Clippers Success
Blake Griffin is having the postseason of his career. Despite few mistakes here and there and some turnovers that led to the Clippers losing Game 5 of the first round versus the Spurs, Griffin is having a monster postseason. His latest triple-double, which he accomplished in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals has only cemented his play in this NBA playoffs. It is becoming evident that he is the best player for the Clippers, and he will be the one leading the charge if the Clippers are to advance far into the postseason.
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In the past 20 seasons, there have been only four other players with 3 or more triple-doubles in a single postseason. Rajon Rondo did it twice, once in the 2009 playoffs and once in the 2012 playoffs. Rondo had three triple-doubles in the 2009 playoffs, and 4 in the 2012 playoffs. Lebron James had three triple-doubles in the 2013 playoffs, Westbrook also had 3 in the 2014 playoffs and Jason Kid is the record holder with 4 in the 2002 playoffs. Blake Griffin’s triple-double versus the Houston Rockets Schedule in Game 1 of the conference semifinals puts him at 3 for the playoffs, and he will have at least three more chances to catch Jason Kidd. Considering how Blake plays during this postseason, it is more than possible.
Another historical fact of latest Blake Griffin’s triple-double: he is the first player with back to back triple-double since Jason Kidd did it in the 2002 playoffs. He is also the third nonguard player to score triple-double in a back to back games. The other two are top 15 players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain (did so twice) and John Havlicek.
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Blake Griffin’s triple-double was just the latest achievement in an otherwise monster postseason. Green is averaging career-best 24.4 points in the postseason, career best 13.3 rebounds and career-best 8.1 assists. All of his numbers are up, including steals (1.4) and blocks (1.3). In the same time, Griffin has managed to keep his fouls at bay at just 2.8 per game. The only statistic category he hasn’t improved in this postseason is field goal percentage which is down to 45%. But that can be attributed to the more jump shots he is taking. The good news is Griffin is making those jump shots, which further expands his game.
What does it mean for the Clippers and Blake Giffin?
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The triple-double by Blake Griffin is both good and bad news for the Clippers. From the three triple-doubles he has posted, the Clippers won two games, and lost one. He posted his first triple-double in Game 2 of the first-round series Clippers vs. Spurs, but the Clippers failed to capitalize. Blake Griffin posted 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in that game. The next two times Blake Griffin posted a triple-double, the Clippers were victorious. In game 7 of the first round series, Griffin posted 24 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished ten assists en route to a victory. And then Griffin went nuts, and single-handedly beat the Rockets in Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals. The power forward recorded 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists on 9-19 shooting. For the Clippers to have a chance of advancing past the second round, they will need Blake to be as aggressive as possible.
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So, can the Clippers win the NBA Championships this season with Blake Griffin?
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