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Blake Griffin goes off for 30, and don’t think they’re all dunks (VIDEO)

Jan 13, 2013, 2:51 AM EDT

It wasn’t enough — the Orlando Magic snapped the Los Angeles Clippers 13-game home winning streak. Mostly because the Clippers defense — which has been stout all season — took the night off.

But Blake Griffin had a big game for Los Angeles — 30 points on 15-of-22 shooting.

Here are the highlights. Yes, there were plenty of dunks. But if you think that’s the entire Griffin offensive repertoire, watch again. He has post moves from both blocks, he hit a couple of shots with his left hand, and he can knock down the midrange. He relies a lot on his athleticism, but he should — have you seen how athletic he is? Play to your strengths people, don’t expect Griffin to play like Tim Duncan.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    blakes post moves work on a few guys in the league… vucevic is one of them…

    • saint1997 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:21 AM

      come on man, stop hating and just accept that he is good and can do more than dunk…

      • BigBeachBall - Jan 13, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        if those post up moves hold up in april then I’ll stop hating…

    • raidmagic - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      It’s funny you say that. In the highlights shown Vuc only guarded Blake on 3 of the scoring plays and 2 of the 3 Vuc anticipated his move and had a hand in his face yet Blake scored anyway. You can dislike the guy or the team for whatever reason but you gotta give credit where credit is due

  2. supremekingz - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Why can’t I ever see the YouTube links in the NBCSportsTalk app? I always have to copy the link and view it in browser form

    • valiantdraws - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Yep…it sucks, because Probasketballtalk and Prosoccertalk are two of the best sports sites out there, but to watch clips on phones is a bit annoying.

      Personally, I look at the site through the Pulse app, which makes it waaaaaay easier than the NBCSportstalk app, which I think it totally useless. But yeah…Pulse man. Check that out.

  3. abchome - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Yeah, Blake Griffin fools a lot of casual fans with his sports center highlight dunks. Actually he averages less than 3 dunks per game, and more than two third of his points come from a diversified offensive repertoire.

    • mrhojorisin - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      No doubt the fact that the dunks get shown on the highlight shows and are often used as teasers for said shows feeds into the belief of the average fan that all he does is dunk.

  4. raidmagic - Jan 13, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    He did have a nice game and he has some nice moves, now how about a highlight from the other guy that game that had 30 oh yeah and won…

  5. mat9844 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Blake’s hard work and persistence has really paid off in a big way; compared to last year, his game is so much more than spectacular dunks (which puts points on the board and we love to watch); his free throws are better and his outside shots are hitting for him. Fun to watch.

  6. savvybynature - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    I count 4 dunks, 3 lay ups and 3 hook shots. Everything came from within about 8 feet of the basket.

    His foot work has improved this season without a doubt, and he has cut down on his egregious flopping, thankfully. But let me know when he develops a jumper to spread the floor and decides to play some defense. Then he will be worthy of the media fawning that’s been heaped on him.

  7. themagicfanguy - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    @savvy He shot 37% from midrange last year, which is higher than Rudy Gay, Paul Pierce, and D. Wade did. He’s currently shooting 38% this season from midrange, which is the league average and comparable to people like Kevin Love. There’s a whole article about it on here, check it out. It’s like when people say D. Howard has no post game, when he actually does. It’s just people parroting what they’ve heard from others, whether its true or not.

    • savvybynature - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      I’m not parroting anything. I’m speaking about his entire body of work, not just this less than half a season and last year. That’s great that he has shown improvement, and he will likely keep improving. I hope he keeps working hard at it.

      But when you say he did better than these 3 random players who people think are great mid-range shooters, that just sounds like cherry picking to me. Did those 3 have off years? Did they take more heavily contested shots? Were Griffin’s shots wide open, and did he turn down the shots that were even somewhat contested? It’s easy to lie with statistics my friend, there was even a best-selling book about it.

      The fact is that 30 points in a game is good, but lots of players have 30 point games and don’t get an entire post about it. Hell, Tim Duncan had a 30 and 20 game earlier this season and it didn’t get a post here.

      Would you disagree that Griffin has garnered a lot of media attention and praise based on his athleticism and highlight plays as opposed to his all-around game?

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