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Monday NBA grades: Blake Griffin shows off his jumper (and yes, he can still dunk)

Mar 11, 2014, 3:20 AM EST

Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while hiding from your cat that scared you so much you called 911….

source:  Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers. This was as good an offensive performance as Griffin has had in the pros — 37 points on 14-of-16 shooting. After the game Chris Paul said he felt bad he didn’t get Griffin the ball more. This wasn’t Griffin finishing alley-oops, this was him knocking down jumpers from the elbow and showing off his Tim Duncanesque 16 foot bank shot from the wing. Check out his shot chart.

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Of course, there were dunks, too.

By the way, he gets an A- because he fouled out late and without him the Clippers almost blew a late lead.

source:  Tim Hardaway Jr., New York Knicks. This is why everybody wanted him in trades at the deadline, this is why the Knicks wouldn’t give him up. After a prolonged slump (rookie wall?) Hardaway had 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting, knocking down 5-of-7 from three as he was just bombs away. Amar’e Stoudemire and Hardaway won the Knicks this game, a sentence that will never again be typed in all of human history.

source:  Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers. It was in a losing cause to the suddenly hot Knicks, but the rookie got his second career triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. He was attacking the rim and aggressive from the start (as was Tony Wroten), when that happens good things follow. His coach Brett Brown said after the game MCW is “starting to figure stuff out.” By the way, he has pretty much wrapped up the ROY.

source:  Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks. The streak may be over but Korver is still making plays — it’s not that he had 26 on the night on 8-of-12 shooting and going 4-of-4 from three (well, partially it was), it was that with the game tied late he had five straight to put Atlanta up 101-96 with 1:36 to play. The Hawks held on for a much needed victory (it keeps the Knicks 3.5 back for the final playoff spot in the East).

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  1. rationalfootballfan - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:54 AM

    Even as a Spurs fan it’s so great to see Blake’s great year and his all-around shot development. He’s not the same player we faced 2 years ago in the playoffs, that’s for sure!

  2. tibbs7 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    JR Smith’s sphincter just tightened up knowing that he might now be held accountable.

  3. mat9844 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Blake Griffin playing like this means the MVP race is far from over.

  4. sportsfan18 - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    When Blake loses his hops… he’ll have no game…

  5. themagicfanguy - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    MCW as ROY? Maybe if you don’t care about the player actually being the best rookie. He’s a guy who jacks up shots to maintain his PPG, nothing more. The numbers show the truth.

    • ewyorksockexchange - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      You’re right about his PPG being inflated by high shot volume (although you can argue he’d take less shots and have a much better percentage if the rest of his team wasn’t garbage), and his low TS% means his PER is just barely above average. However, he has two triple doubles this season and leads all rookies in PPG, rebounds, assists, and steals, and averages .65 blocks per game. He’s also leading all rookies in minutes and offensive rebounding. I’m not sure any other rookie has put in the playing time or non-shooting stats to make a serious case to be ROY over MCW.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        I’m not saying he is a perfect player, he definitely needs to develop his shot more (everyone knew that when he came into the league), but the rest of his game is much more complete than any other rookie in the league this year.

  6. themagicfanguy - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    @sportsfan Did you see the chart? Dude can shoot.
    Watch a game before you comment next time.

  7. themagicfanguy - Mar 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    @ewyork Exactly. He leads in minutes per game and the 76rs play at a fast pace, inflated stats. Look at the numbers for ‘Dipo.

  8. jimsjam33 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Give Blake Griffin a year or two more under Doc Rivers and he may be the greatest player ever !

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