LA Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin is determined to do more than just mercilessly dunk on defenders’ heads. Griffin will also rain down long-distance jumpers on them.
Blake showed off his improving range Tuesday night, in the Clips’ 112-94 preseason loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Griffin finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 9/17 from the field (including seven jumpers and his only three-point attempt.)
Per the LA Times:
“It’s just the confidence, really,” Griffin said. “When I’m open, I’m going to shoot it because you just feel like it’s going in. But I’m not strictly a jump-shooter now. I have to do the things I used to do, the things that got me here.”
Griffin started with a flourish, making six of his first eight shots on the way to 14 points and four rebounds in the first nine minutes. He made a fadeaway jumper, a corner three-pointer and a couple of mid-range jumpers, his only misses during the stretch coming on a layup and a short running jumper.
“It gives us a great dimension,” Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said of Griffin’s improved range. “If he can do both of those things, post and take jump shots like he’s doing, just the spacing alone that he creates is good for us.”