Los Angeles Clippers (10-6) vs. Utah Jazz (9-9)
When it comes to teams straddling the line between the two post, grind-it-out basketball and the stretch-4, spread the floor basketball that has pervaded the NBA, these two teams are in the middle of that spectrum. If the Grizzlies are on one end and the Heat are on the other, the Clippers and Jazz are truly in the middle.
Both these teams feature strong post players. But they also feature power forwards that can both battle in the low post and step out and hit jumpers. Paul Millsap has had that shooting ability for a while now and has brought it out in key moments.
Blake Griffin though? This is new.
Griffin is shooting more shots from 16-23 feet than anywhere else ont he floor this year. He is making 38.9 percent of those shots so far. But the fact Griffin is confident taking these shots is likely meaning he has added something new to his game. Something that appears to be even more necessary in today's NBA.