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Blake Griffin was dunking all over Phoenix Thursday (VIDEO)

Jan 25, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

Dunks don’t equal wins — the Phoenix Suns moved to 2-0 under Lindsey Hunter with one of their best games of the year beating the Clippers Thursday night on national television.

But the Blake Griffin aerial show was in full effect in Phoenix. Personally, the second one of those is the only classic Griffin power dunk, but the other two are not bad. Griffin was relatively quiet in the game — 12 points of 5-of-9 shooting.

And now for my usual disclaimer: If you’re going to say “but three of his five makes were just dunks” I’m going to say “so what?” Last time I checked dunks count and are the most efficient shot in the game. Griffin has a good post game now, he’s working on the midrange which has improved, and he’s only in his third NBA season at age 23. I don’t expect him to be Pau Gasol with an arsenal of moves — play to your strengths, and if your strengths are you are one of the most athletic big men in the game then throw down some monster dunks and get your points that way. If you can get six to 10 points a night on dunks, there isn’t a coach in the league that will not take it.

  1. illogic87 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    When I play volleyball the only thing Im good at is spiking the ball. Same thing with this guy, all he can do is dunk. He doesnt have a shot. Not a true basketballer, just an athlete. Im bored with it.

    • dannymac17 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Dumb.

  2. spthegr8 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    @Kurt
    First let me start by saying. I agree with you about dunking being the highest percentage shot in basketball. So if they can’t stop you from dunking, then you would be a FOOL not 2.! Buuuuut you TOTALLY LOST me when you said “Griffin has a good post game now” Really??? Really??? Really??? I’m not a fan of his act but I would be just be “TROLLING” if I said the guy can’t play. He is a BEAST @ times!! But let’s call a spade a spade. All be it his mid-range has improved some this year. Too say he has a “good low post game” now is CRAZY too me!! He can score with his back too the basket occasionally but its not consistent @ ALL. When he does score in the post it’s because he is a freak of nature. Not a good post player. IMO he doesn’t dominate like he should and that’s because on the night’s he can’t dunk on everybody. He struggle’s @ times. Not hating @ all, I’m Just Saying!!!

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Griffin is getting 36.5 percent of his attempts out of post up plays and is scoring .92 points per possession on those, which is 22nd best in the NBA. And again, he’s 23 and still learning, his post game has made huge strides and is pretty good right now.

      • spthegr8 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        We can agree too disagree Kurt!! I have a different opinion of what a good post up player is!! He is a GREAT talent and a good player, but not a good post up player!!

      • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Of course. This site would be no fun if everyone agreed with me.

        That doesn’t mean I don’t think you’re all wrong ;)

  3. therealroman - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    That argument is hella boring. Recent data shows that he’s shooting the mid range jumper just around the league average, he’s been working on it and it’s obvious that your argument is gettin old. griffin’s also averaging 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists, add 1.4 stls and 0.7 blocks & almost 53 % from the field. to me that’s more than just dunking the ball dude…why can’t people just appreciate his talent? why do people hate on his game so much? oh i know, he’s a “flopper”…lame

    • spthegr8 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      Your tellin me that with his athletic ability, him averaging 8.5 rebounds is good enough??? The argument may be getting old but, it’s the truth.

  4. bux1022 - Jan 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    @ nologic

    U obviously should stick to volleyball.. Or maybe watch a clipper game or two! He has worked on his shot and it’s obvious. Spring for NBA TICKET and watch some games!

  5. mat9844 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I run out of superlatives trying to describe his dunks so I settle for he’s just a lot of fun to watch.

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