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Blake Griffin: “Lob City is done”

Oct 3, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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Bringing in Doc Rivers as coach has brought a palpable change around the Clippers — they are expected to contend for a title. Rivers is his usual positive self, but he doesn’t shy away from title talk. Rather, he is challenging the Clippers to live up to it — he told Chris Paul that the best point guard in the game hasn’t done anything in the NBA yet.

There is now a seriousness around the Clippers mission, a new team identity. It is time to put away childish things.

Like all the lobs.

Look at what Blake Griffin told ESPN about the team’s changing identity, as reported at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

“Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done,” Griffin told ESPN’s Shelley Smith in an interview this week. “We’re moving on and we’re going to find our identity during training camp and that will be our new city. No more Lob City.”

“Our offense is going to have a totally different look this year,” said Griffin, who added that he’d done a lot of work in the offseason on his face-up game from 10 to 15 feet. “Our offense is going to have a lot of movement and floor spacing. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Clippers shouldn’t (and will not) completely abandon the back door cut and the lob (or the alley-oop in transition) — not because they want to put on a show, but rather because it leads to a dunk and that is the single most efficient shot in the game. Griffin doesn’t miss many when he is throwing it down through the rim, neither does DeAndre Jordan.

That said, the Clippers have shooters who can space the floor better now with Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick. That creates room and options for CP3 to do his thing. There should be great ball movement. The Clipper offense is still going to be top three in the league, maybe No. 1.

The question is really what kind of defensive culture can Rivers install. That is the end of the court that will make them real contenders.

  1. norcalkingsfan - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Can you guys do away with Flop City as well? Blake has the physical prowess to absolutely annihilate anyone at the rim, but can’t find a way to stay on his feet while playing defense. Sad. I blame Chris Paul; he definitely taught Blake all he knows about flopping.

    • Wammy Giveaway - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      If you mean “rigging the game by flopping in order to steal wins,” it’s never gonna go away. I think the referees would have to promptly eject Blake Griffin from the game (one of his greatest fears which he must overcome) if they catch him doing bad things like that. It’s one of those “he has to be taught a lesson” moments. The current policy won’t fix that, but if there’s a ref who’s willing to go the extra mile at the risk of criticism, there could be a changing precedent in the NBA.

      Besides, warnings and fines are like a slap on the wrist. Ejection is the warrant for their arrest.

    • whereyaat - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      I blame Lebron James. Once he started flopping, everyone realized they should start doing it. (YOU CAN’T BLAME ONE BUT NOT THE OTHER.)

    • banggbiskit - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:23 AM

      I don’t expect you to have seen many Clippers games, do you know how often Blake Griffin gets hacked and nothing gets called?Refs need to call a foul a foul, and Blake wouldnt have to draw attention to himself in order to GET that call he probably deserved on an earlier play. Players know that in order to get a foul called, they have to embellish, every team does this and most players in the league also do the same exact stuff, its not Clippers specific.

    • banggbiskit - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:24 AM

      I don’t expect you to have seen many Clippers games, do you know how often Blake Griffin gets hacked and nothing gets called? Refs need to call a foul a foul, and Blake wouldnt have to draw attention to himself in order to GET that call he probably deserved on an earlier play. Players know that in order to get a foul called, they have to embellish, every team does this and most players in the league also do the same exact stuff, its not Clippers specific.

  2. dls612 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Well how’s he going to score!

  3. losanginsight - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Flop City is a better name for this team.

  4. bhunter1995 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    The flopping has to stop. The Clippers look pathetic on defense when theybare sliding around everywhere and holding limbs like they had been shot. The problem is that the refs baby Griffin and CP3 if the refs would stop giving them all of these bad calls the Clippers mighy stop with the acting. Until the refs stop giving them the calls they wont stop flopping.

  5. dannymac17 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Look @ all the Clipper hate. They must be doing something right.

  6. legend30 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Blake Griffin does two things – flop and dunk. Now he’s attempting to expand his game by shooting mid-range shots. Not saying he can’t do it, but I think he should work on his post game more. Almost forgot, they still have DeAndre Jordan. Jordan without “Lob City” makes JaVale McGee look like a future hall of famer. Mind as well trade D. Jordan for M. Gortat.

  7. antistratfordian - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    I believe that CP3 + Tyson Chandler was more of a “Lob City” than CP3 + Griffin anyway. I don’t have the actual numbers, but I seem to remember the Paul to Chandler lob was much more frequent and effective.

  8. ninthwardfriend - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    No lob no score, Fake Griffin….

  9. shuttaman1990 - Oct 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Lob city was just a gimmick used to hide their flopping.
    They still Flop city. Bunch of floppers.

  10. ranoversquarells - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Until Blake learns to play defense this Clipper team won’t win any championships.

  11. wowwowbad - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    DONE? Hey man you’re the one has basically no post-moves, no little sky hook, all you can do is dunking, and your mid-range is broken. Now you’re the one saying to STOP THIS LOB THING? Chris Paul must be totally confused.

  12. lhollis74 - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    IMO, Blake’s a small forward who can’t dribble all that well. Yeah, I know he’s 6’10”, but is that the only justification for playing him at the 4? Sometimes your position is define by what you can’t do, like dribble, guard the perimeter,or shoot from outside 17feet without studying it for 3 sec.

    Here’s two short lists, you tell me where he belongs:
    Garnett 6’11”
    Duncan 6’11”
    Nowitski 6’11”
    Gasol 7’0″

    Lebron 6’9″
    Carmelo 6’9″
    Durant 6’11”

  13. losanginsight - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Flop City

  14. whereyaat - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    The thought of BG tossing up jumpers is totally gonna devalue the price of bricks.

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