Is somewhere saying:
Kia Optima, take me back to when I was in the playoffs lmaooooooooooooooooooooooo
Not like he showed up anyway
Would almost be as bad as being shut down by Derek Fisher's corpse in the first round...
He was terrified of Zbo.
In 2k14 Blake Griffin post moves will be labeled as an ACHIEVEMENT LOL he needs some BAD
I'm not an apologist for Blake as I agree he needs a lot of work. But dude had an ankle sprain since game 2 that clearly limited him. The coach said it was the type of injury that would take a guy out for 3 weeks in the regular season. And I actually think he needs to spend a lot more time on his jumper then his post moves. He needs to get that Karl Malone type jumper where it's reliable and you can't give it to him and that will open up his ability to use his handle and spin moves to get into the lane more.
If I'm not mistaken, he only had that ankle sprain for games 5 and 6, right? He hurt it in practice the day before Game 5. It's actually Z-Bo who's had a hurt ankle since game 2--although obviously not as bad as Blake's.
Came at practice prior to game 5. Even if he was healthy i doubt he can make a difference against zbo
More then any other part of his game Blake's achillies heal is his inability to shoot an open jumper. He has a horrible hitch in his stroke and releases on the way down more often then not.
If Blake could hit the midrange jumper he would become almost unstoppable. Hopefully the improved shooting stroke would help elevate is FT% aswell.
Choke City finally tapped out.
Yeah Blake definitely needs to work on his shooting, he just doesn't have the length to be a championship low-post player, but if he can improve his shooting and force people to give him an opportunity to use his handle and quickness then we'll see him ascend into super-stardom.
Until then, he's going to struggle in the playoffs when teams can really lock in and take away your strengths.
I also think that although CP3 is the best PG in the NBA, his arrival has stunted Griffin's development to an extent. Paul is amazing, but he can try to do too much and not give his team-mates an opportunity to play through their mistakes and grow. His legendary competitiveness might ultimately hold him back from winning on the biggest stage unless he's in exactly the right situation.
If CP3 leaves, Griffin might surprise people and regain his mantle as franchise player.
If anything, having better players around him should give him the chance to be more efficient on the offensive end and to have an easier time picking up on the defensive end and with rebounding in my opinion. I agree that Paul is going to cut into some of his development. Guys that command or need the ball have the ability to do that. Besides playing the wrong position, I think Joe Johnson and Josh Smith have stunted Al Horford's growth. Even with that happening, I feel as though he is still improving through it.
Most people dislike Vinny, but I think his approach has some strengths to it, but I think it's time that they get a more demanding coach. Wonder if Larry Brown is available for 2-3 years.
This Clippers-Grizzlies Matchup has Become 1 of my Favorites for several reasons.....
Z Bo vs Blake...CP3 vs Conley.....Crawford vs Tony Allen......
CP3 has been a Memphis Killer since his days in New Orleans..They've never had an answer for him until this series.....Conley wasnt any Competition for him,until this series...Conley's improvement on offense and defense,now forces CP3 to play him on both ends..
Z Bo and Blake just plain HATE Each Other....Reminds me of the Olds Days..lol....
You have Blake Griffin, the nba's posterboy and media darling..Millions of people who dont follow basketbal know who he is,They see his highlights during the sports segments of their local news...And in several commercials,fans Votes him in as a 1st team all star ...
VERSUS Z BO..
Z Bo a guy that has a reputation for being a troublemaker and thug..Maybe the most underrated player and hardest working guy in the league,that never gets the attention and respect he deserves........And there are rumors that Z Bo might not even be with Memphis next year......
While everyone loves to get on Blake, what about DeAndre Jordan, he didn't do crap, or Jamal Crawford, sub-par series. Bledsoe had only one good game. Take Blake off that team, Clippers struggle to make the playoffs.
Blake is the most overrated player in the league. He needs to improve his FT's, defending, overall shooting, post moves, defensive effort and his attitude. He plays as if he is entitled to benefit from every call the refs make. I can't stand watching the Clippers lose because he is always pouting after every defeat. I wonder how Paul puts up with it.
I know he was a god awful free throw shooter last year, but guys, he shot 66% from the free throw line this season. I know that isn't great, but at the least, isn't it respectable? The year Lebron made it to the finals in Cleveland he shot 69% from the free throw line.Heck, even though Tim Duncan is a career 70% free throw shooter, his season-to-season percentages are an absolute roller-coaster. Check out his percentages from 2000- to this season.
It should also be noted that the amount of free throws he took per game really didn't have a huge impact, he took 8.5 attempts in 2002 and 2004 each and shot 80% in one year and 60% in the other.
While Duncan has had a reliable midrange jump shot for a long time and has always been lightyears ahead of Blake skill wise, I feel like Blake's free throw shooting year last year was an outlier, and he should be between 60%-70% even if doesn't improve his shot.
But if there's hope for any good player to become a legendary player, it's him. If he puts it together soon enough that his athletic and skill prime overlap, it could be scary. Imagine 2003 Tim Duncan with Blake Griffin hops playing for the Rockets. Not saying Griffin will ever get anywhere near the post game Timmy has, but just saying if he gets some simple go-to moves, perfects them and his 15 foot jumper, he'd be a lot more dependable in late game situations.