PLAYA VISTA, Calif. In his third season in the NBA, Clippers forward Blake Griffin is already considered one of the games most dynamic and forceful players. Hes also still growing into his role.
Saturday night at Staples Center, Griffin was hit with a second-quarter technical foul against the Utah Jazz and visibly seethed on court. In the third quarter, he virtually took over the game, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds to help the Clippers take control on their way to a 107-94 win.
On one play, Griffin found himself draped defensively by Al Jefferson. But he worked free on the dribble and drove for a dunk over Paul Millsap, who fouled him. On another, he sprawled on the floor to control a loose ball, then flipped it to Chauncey Billups, who passed to Caron Butler for a three-point basket.
Its the tale of two Blakes one who occasionally struggles to maintain his composure, and one who is willing to do whatever it takes to win a game.
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