The Oklahoma sophomore missed Monday’s game against Kansas because of a concussion sustained against Texas last weekend. The team lost both of those games. After a week off, Blake Griffin was finally cleared to play against Texas Tech and didn’t hold back one bit. In fact, the dude channeled his inner Shaq at one point in the second half.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, he also had an episode where he got clawed in the face under the basket trying to grab a rebound and wound up bleeding. Griffin had 20 points and 19 rebounds in his first game back — an easy win for Oklahoma. Now that he’s back and healthy, you have to put Oklahoma up there as a serious contender for the Final Four and possibly the title. Curiously enough, the injury also helps cement Griffin’s status as the likely player of the year; with the team struggling while he was out, it further proves his immense value to the team’s success.Google+