February 16, 2011, 12:57 pm
On Saturday February 19, rookie sensation Blake Griffin will look to put on a show in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Griffin has nothing to prove, however, as he has electrified fans already this season with an array of contest-worthy dunks. Here are five slams from the first half of the 2010-2011 season that could win any dunk contest:
5. January 22, 2011 vs. Golden State Warriors
Up by 11 at the beginning of the second quarter, the Clippers started a fast break off a Golden State turnover. Point guard Eric Bledsoe received the outlet pass and led the break, throwing up a no-look loft pass in the middle of the lane to an oncoming Blake Griffin. Griffin caught the ball and, while turning, threw it down for the reverse alley-oop. Griffin ended up with 30 points and 18 rebounds in a 113-109 victory for the Clippers.
February 14, 2011, 5:08 pm
Last weekend started with a heartbreaking 126-119 overtime loss to Cleveland Cavaliers, who held a 26 game losing streak at the time. Blake Griffin did all he could to prevent his team from losing and at one point dove headfirst towards a few courtside seats for a loose ball. Fortunately, the seats were unoccupied but he did end up damaging four padded seats with his muscular 6-foot-10, 250-pound body. Somebody would definitely have been hurt had they been sitting there. Court officials had to unscrew and replace the broken seats when their occupants came back to watch the game.
February 10, 2011, 11:20 am
Ever since Blake invited the Knicks to his own housewarming party at Staples Center back in November,
fans from both sides have hotly anticipated their next matchup.
It's easy to
see why. We all saw Mozgov immortalized by Griffin, albeit on the
wrong side of immortality, and how he spun around Danilo Gallinari
for a ferocious fast break dunk. New York fans were anxious to see what would happen the second time around.
Back in his rookie year, Baron Davis treated his first trip to Madison Square Garden with awe:
"I remember I took a picture at half-court and Paul Silas (Davis' coach then) told me, 'Don't ever do that again,'" Davis said. He wound up playing 8 minutes in the game.
Blake Griffin wasn't
about to repeat the mistake as he made his own debut at Madison
Square Garden, a place some call "The Mecca" [of basketball].
February 9, 2011, 6:33 am
NBA phenom dunks his critics, reveals what makes him tick – New York Post
By PETER VECSEY
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The first thing I did upon meeting Blake Griffin for lunch Monday was to offer the Paper Weight a maximum extension on behalf of my Paper Clips.
Yes, I'm aware the NBA's most identifiable flying object isn't eligible to sign such a deal until after his third (next) season.
Still, there's no harm in letting Griffin know how desirable team owner Donald Sterling finds him these days -- home attendance is 17,245, up 8 percent, telecast ratings on Prime Ticket are up 82 percent, the biggest league increase other than Miami and road attendance is 17,155, up 6 percent.
February 7, 2011, 3:46 pm
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