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Blake Griffin puts up 47, NBA one-game high for season. He’s more than dunks.

Jan 17, 2011, 11:46 PM EDT

Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough

Blake Griffin is a basketball stud.

I don’t mean in the highlight dunk kind of way… well, yes I do. That too. He has more dunks than anyone in the league by a long shot. But in the “this guy can flat out ball” kind of way.

He dropped 47 on the Indiana Pacers Monday afternoon at Staples — the highest single game point total of anyone in the league this season. He shot 19 of 24.

And if you think he needs to develop his midrange game — you’re right, but he is getting there. This season Griffin is shooting 36 percent from 10-15 feet, just a little below the 38.9 percent average for power forwards (according to Hoopdata.com). He has been hesitant to take the shot at times.

But Monday he was six of nine from the midrange (14 to 19 feet) and was five-of-six from the left wing. He wasn’t hesitant, he was feeling it. And when you have to start respecting his midrange game, more drives and dunks open up. His all around game is developing.

You just have the feeling this 47 is not the last 47 for him.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    as long as job and his system are with pacers everybody is going to have career games.somebody bane another coach who refuse to run a sustem suits his players,but rather makes the learn a “simple” system as he calls ir where the players have to stop and think first before they do anything.he just now finaly relenred and let collison run pick and roll plays and look what he has done in those 2 games since. just think if he had been doing that all season may they would not be so bad. they need to get rid of him and his system and bring in somebody who will play the young talent they have and turn them loose so they can show why they were brought here to begin with. if they lose so what it? is not tanking if the guys that have never played before are getting valuable experiance. beides with their luck they won’t end up with the top pick anyway!

  2. zackd2 - Jan 18, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    “Griffin had only one dunk, but who’s counting?”
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clippers-pacers-20110118,0,6774347.story

    47 points with only 1 dunk is nuts.

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