Blake Griffin starts slowly, but has best game since return

Clippers forward Blake Griffin dunks against the Mavericks Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Blake Griffin throws down a dunk during Sunday’s 98-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center/AP photo by Mark J. Terrill


Blake Griffin shot a combined 3 of 12 his first two games back after missing the previous 45, then shot 5 of 10 during a 91-81 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday. Griffin sat out Friday at Utah, then began Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks by shooting 2 of 11 in the first half.

Certainly, the Clippers are going to need Griffin to shoot well in the post-season, so this could be worrisome. Well, Griffin rebounded to shoot 5 of 7 in the second half to finish 7 of 18 in the Clippers’ 98-91 victory. Griffin scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and doled out seven assist in his best game since his return.

Griffin was philosophical about his overall effort during 33-plus minutes, his longest stint since coming back to the fold.

“I definitely want to better from the field,” he said. “But the great thing about it is that now is a good time to get that out. I always want to pass the ball, rebound, play defense. So hopefully, when the shot is not falling – because it will – even when you are in great rhythm, you can lean on those other things.”

Griffin did have four of the team’s 11 turnovers, but he also had two steals.