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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at 2:50 pm  |  12 responses

Blake Griffin Agrees With Chris Paul That He Must Improve


LA Clippers superstar point guard Chris Paul publicly challenged Blake Griffin to help lead them to the promised land. Griffin says he agrees with his demanding teammate — the forward realizes he must get better in order for the Clippers to take the next step. Per ESPN: “[Paul] has a huge role on this team,’ Griffin said Thursday. ‘He’s been the guy who has closed out a lot of games late for us. But in my mind, this is the year I need to step into that role and really help him shoulder that load. I’ll be right there with him at the end of games, being the guy that he can always count on.’ Griffin, 24, has developed into one of the best power forwards in NBA during his first three seasons, but he has yet to advance past the second round of the playoffs. Griffin made his third straight All-Star team last season, but his season averages in scoring (18.0) and rebounding (8.3) fell off slightly from his career averages (20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds), as he played nearly three fewer minutes per game during the regular season, at 32.5, in an attempt to stay healthier for the playoffs. Griffin’s assists rose to 3.7 per game in 2012-13 from 3.2 in 2011-12, while his steals rose from 0.8 to 1.2 per game over the same period. [...] ‘To be honest, I’m more excited about this upcoming season than I’ve ever been,’ Griffin said. ‘My workouts with [shooting coach] Bob Thate and our coaches have been geared around figuring out how I’m going to be used this season. I’m doing a lot of stuff at the elbow, a lot of shooting. One of the things [new coach Doc Rivers] said to me was, ‘I don’t want you to be afraid to go 0-for-15.’ In other words, just have the mindset of a shooter. And with the work I’ve done this summer, I’m starting to get that confidence and think like a shooter.’ Griffin shot 53.8 percent from the field last season but just 34 percent on shots from 16 to 23 feet, according to Hoopdata.com. He did noticeably improve his shooting from 10-15 feet, from 27 percent in 2011-12 to 40 percent last season. Griffin thinks he still can make much improvement, however, and that when he proves he can hit a face-up jumper, it will change the way defenses play him. ‘We’ve been working on a lot of face-up stuff in the post,’ he said. ‘I’m definitely going to be used differently this year. This summer has been so great for me. I’ve had a completely healthy, full summer to be able to work with our coaching staff, once I got over the ankle thing. This summer has been huge for me, and it’s one of the reasons I’m so excited about next year.’”

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  • TR

    I always hear people say BG has incredible work ethic. Hopefully it pays off this year.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    No sh*t.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Pretty straight forward.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    His comments go without saying.

  • JibbsIsBallin

    Bottom line is they need him to be consistent. CP3 seems to give everything he’s got every game. But he can’t do it himself and Blake Griffin needs to be that 2nd role player. That’s a young team too, so if those two can lead and get the others involved, then thats going to be a very difficult team to face.

  • bike

    More so than his shooting, I always thought he should be getting more rebounds. At 6’10″ with his athletic skill, he ought to be averaging at least 12/game.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    True. He needs to be a consistent threat so he can take the load off of CP3 or else teams will just zero in on him the way they do with D Rose.

  • LLC#12

    Totally agree. 20th in the NBA isn’t good enough, one of the biggest underachievers when it comes to rebounding, after Lopez. No disrespect to Vucevic and Asik, but the gap in rpg between them and Blake shouldn’t be as big as it is.

  • Max

    I’d rather have him develop his defensive game more then his offense.

  • CoolTalk

    Surprised to see only 4/10 think the Clips will win a title with CP3 and Blake? http://jawzone.com/jaws/b520198ed0698b/will-clippers-win-nba-title-chris-paul-and-blake-griffin

  • Max

    Not at all, I even think that’s a little too much.

  • vINSANITY

    48 votes, not all that important

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