Blake Griffin Critical of Head Coach Vinny Del Negro

by November 28, 2012

On Monday night, Blake Griffin had the worst game of his young NBA career. The Clippers star forward blamed the loss to the visiting New Orleans Hornets on his head coach, the forever-embattled Vinny Del Negro. Per the LA Daily News: “A lack of intensity hurt the Clippers’ chances for a victory Monday, no question about it, but did a change in tactics finish them? Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said he believed some changes made on the fly also were to blame. ‘I think we tried to change some things, tried to change our schemes and some things we have been successful at and that hurt us,’ Griffin said after scoring a career-low four points on 1-for-9 shooting. ‘I think we should play teams how we play every team. We made adjustments down the stretch when certain guys hurt us and I think we should have stuck with what we had been doing and what has made us successful.’ Coach Vinny Del Negro went with a smaller lineup, playing center DeAndre Jordan for only 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Del Negro also used Jordan’s backup, Ryan Hollins, for barely eight minutes.”