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LA Has Become a Blake Griffin Story

He is the amazing Blake Griffin, able to leap tall Russians in a single bound. No one’s quite saying he is a superhero yet, after all he is a Clipper … Scavengers assemble! With Donald Sterling’s track record of nonchalance, the Spidey sense of LA Clipper fans should definitely be tingling at the moment, with his free agent status not too far away. Apparently, with great leaping ability comes great respectability. Of course there would be no Superman without Jor-El, but Blake has him beat with an assist from Al-Farouq. Commissioner Eric Gordon has also helped Griffin fight crime, corruption, and double digit deficits. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No … It’s a CLIPPER?!? For those who don’t know, a griffin is a creature from medieval lore that had the body of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle, and for some unknown reason consistently hit its head on the side of the backboard.

Last weekend’s slam dunk contest was quite entertaining fare. After the endless matchups of Dwight Howard-Nate Robinson that had become more played out than Rocky going toe-to-toe with Tommy Gunn, the world was introduced to the Blake Show at the All-Star Game. While the voting results may have been more rigged than a presidential election in Belarus, Griffin gerrymandered his way into the finals. Serge Ibaka landed a dunk while taking off from behind the foul line. In doing so, Air Congo became the first aircraft from the country to successfully land after flying 12 feet… Javale McGee was apparently workshopping ideas on how to get Washington back to the water mark. No word on whether the Wizards will be successful in petitioning the league to use two backboards and three basketballs to improve their odds. DeMar DeRozan reminded everyone … that the NBA still has a team in Toronto (contrary to popular belief).

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Better 2011 Slam Dunk Competition Dunk: Blake Griffin or JaVale McGee?

Everyone expected Blake Griffin to win the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, so it came as no surprise when he was given the crown. When you can do things like this, this, this, and this, it kind of makes you an easy favorite.  Earlier, we showed you a compilation of all the dunks from Saturday night.  Griffin may have had the better dunk when it mattered in the final round, but there are a lot of people — myself included — who thought JaVale McGee had the dunk of the night.  Maybe he should have saved it for the last round rather than using it in the first.  In any event, let’s look at the two slams to determine which was better.

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John Wall Alley-Oop to Blake Griffin Video

John Wall broke Chris Paul’s Rookie Challenge record with 22 assists on Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The stats really are meaningless given that there was worse defense played than the French protecting the Bastille, but at least it provided plenty of highlights. The best one had to be John Wall’s bounce pass alley-oop to Blake Griffin. I’ve never seen anything like it. Here’s the John Wall alley-oop to Blake Griffin video:

If there’s even a slight amount of that sort of creativity in the dunk contest, we’ll be in for quite the show. Not bad for a live game, huh?

J.J. Hickson Monster Block on Blake Griffin Helps Cavs Break Streak (Video)

The streak is over.  The Cleveland Cavaliers either caught a team on an off night or finally grew some balls.  I’m sure they don’t care how it happened, but the Cavs beat Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Friday night.  I wonder if LeBron still thinks Sunday’s Cavs-Wizards game should be nationally televised?

The real question is whether or not Griffin was able to get any sleep last night.  Has the current king of the NBA dunking world ever had a dunk rejected, let alone at a crucial point in the game?  He has now.  Check out the video of J.J. Hickson stuffing a Blake Griffin dunk:

Hickson had another huge block with the game tied 110-110 to force overtime, where the Cavs were finally able to get it done.  As sad as it sounds, this can probably go down as the most important win of his young career.

Blake Griffin Blows Up Al Horford, Gets Undeserved Flagrant Foul

Clippers forward Blake Griffin has developed a reputation around the league as a guy who plays all-out, all the time. In most environments, especially sports, people are commended for giving 100%, but this is the NBA, where Chris Bosh can talking about wanting to chill with little reaction from his peers. Most of the criticism of Griffin is the result of the barrage of incredible, and often embarrassing, dunks he’s thrown down this year. Veteran guys apparently don’t appreciate the rookie’s swagger. At the end of Friday night’s game against the Hawks, Griffin may have added more fuel to that fire when he was called for a flagrant foul on Hawks forward Al Horford:

It was obviously a foul, and obviously hard, but I think the refs reacted more to Horford hitting the floor than the contact itself. Griffin appears to be going for the ball and it’s nothing like the obvious flagrant Devin Harris committed on Griffin earlier this season. Luckily for Griffin, Horford was able to get up and it didn’t appear the injury was too serious or Griffin would have taken even more flak. Unfortunately for the Clippers, Horford knocked down both free throws to give the Hawks the 101-100 win.

Thanks to outsidethenba for the video.

Blake Griffin Alley Oop Dunks on Kyle Korver, Sports Guy Bill Simmons Cheers on

Another day, another Blake Griffin highlight. What else is new? America’s favorite rookie has alley-ooped on the Timberwolves like an acrobat, completed a reverse alley-oop, and then of course there was this, my personal favorite. His latest feat was up there with all of them, an alley-oop on Kyle Korver of the Chicago Bulls. Check it out:

The dunk itself wasn’t the only thing that had the internet buzzing on Wednesday night. J.E. Skeets of The Basketball Jones correctly identified ESPN’s The Sports Guy Bill Simmons as a man in the crowd cheering on the dunk! Here’s the pic:

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Blake Griffin Makes Reverse Alley-Oop Dunk Look Easy (Video)

Nothing surprises us at this point when it comes to Blake Griffin and freak athleticism.  His dunking abilities are going to make for a long career of sports blogs being filled with videos that worship his talent.  I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here, but do people actually appreciate how easy he makes it look?  How many times have you seen a reverse alley-oop dunk during a game?  Personally, I can’t think of one.  Griffin has already mastered the traditional alley-oop, so he decided to create a bit of a challenge for himself on Saturday night — if you even want to call it that.

If this kid doesn’t win the Slam Dunk Contest I’ll be stunned.  He comes up with new dunks on a regular basis and busts them out during actual games.  For Blake Griffin, the regular season is one long dunk competition.  Thanks to The Big Lead for the video.