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Friday, November 15, 2019

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin records rare quadruple-double in loss

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Blake Griffin achieved an unlikely quadruple-double in the Detroit Pistons’ 107-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Griffin had a triple-double through three quarters of the game, but he added another category to the mix due to some poor play in the final quarter. The forward finished with 19 points on 4/13 shooting, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and 10 turnovers in the game. He missed a three-pointer to tie at the end.

The 10 turnovers were the most by a Pistons player in nearly 17 years, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Getting a quadruple-double sounds nice, but when you shoot as poorly as he did and turn the ball over that much … and your team loses, you probably don’t feel so great about the accomplishment.

Blake Griffin happy about trade to Pistons

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When Blake Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons last year, the belief was that he was upset about the deal.

Griffin had just signed a long-term contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. He seemed excited about remaining with the team for the future and being a franchise cornerstone. His son was in Los Angeles, his social life was in the city, and that was the only NBA team for whom he’d played. Even if all that may be true, Griffin now says he is grateful for the trade.

“Yeah, I’m glad it happened,” Griffin told the Los Angeles Times’ Dan Woike. “I’m not saying I don’t miss certain people. There were some awesome fans that I got to know and I felt like I was very close with them. And there are some people you miss over there, but it was just time for a fresh start.

“I’m glad to be here.”

Griffin was able to spend the offseason trying to improve his game, which has shown through his ability to take and attempt long shots. He’s become a regular 3-point shooter and is making 39.6 of them this season — an impressive mark. His 25.3 points per game is a career-high. He even has the team in position to make the postseason.

Maybe the deal really was the best thing for his career.

Blake Griffin takes shot at Raptors in support of Dwane Casey

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Blake Griffin fired a shot at the Raptors in support of Dwane Casey following Detroit’s win over Toronto on Wednesday night.

Griffin’s Pistons beat the Raptors 106-104 in Toronto on Wednesday on a last-second shot by Reggie Bullock on an inbounds pass.

The play was perfectly drawn up and executed to perfection — a tribute to Detroit’s coach, Casey.

After the game, Griffin took a shot at Toronto in support of Casey.

Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds in the win, which made the Pistons 7-6.

That was a big victory for Detroit. Casey was fired by the Raptors after last season despite being named NBA Coach of the Year. Getting the win over his former team — on a play he drew up — probably felt great. Griffin certainly thought so.

10 NBA players off to a hot start

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We’re now four weeks into the new NBA season, and several teams have come out of the gates scorching. The Raptors and Bucks look like the class of the East, the Warriors appear borderline unbeatable, and the young Nuggets have shown they’re ready to contend now.

Those teams’ impressive starts could largely be attributed to the stellar play of their stars. Here are 10 players — including at least one from each of those teams — off to a hot start.

10. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers

Everyone seemed to be saying the same thing about the Blazers heading into this season: they’re toast. Portland had an impressive 2017-18 regular season, but suffered a brutal first-round postseason exit at the hands of Anthony Davis and the Pelicans. Despite Portland’s regular-season success, Terry Stotts’ job security was in question. Well, Portland has started strong (10-3) yet again, and Damian Lillard is a big reason for that. He’s currently averaging 26.0 points per game on a career-best field-goal percentage (46.5), and free-throw percentage (94.0). He recently hung 30 on LeBron and the Lakers. Lillard looks poised to have a breakthrough campaign thrusting him into MVP contention. He’s on a mission to prove Portland is a genuine contender in the loaded West.

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Watch: Blake Griffin dunks on Joel Embiid

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Blake Griffin got Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers good on Tuesday night.

Griffin was dribbling in transition in the second quarter in Detroit and fooled Philly with a fake pass. He then finished with a strong dunk over Embiid:

Those on Detroit’s bench absolutely loved Griffin’s moves.

Griffin had a monster half for the Pistons. He scored 28 points on 12-for-17 shooting. He would have had even more points if he did better than his 2-for-8 free throw mark.

Utah’s Joe Ingles had funny Twitter exchange with Blake Griffin

Utah Jazz sharpshooter Joe Ingles had a funny Twitter exchange with Blake Griffin on Wednesday night.

Ingles was impressed by how well his purple jersey had been selling and commented about that on Twitter. Griffin responded with a joke about using the jerseys to keep his fires going for warmth in Michigan. Ingles hit Griffin back with a burn about Griffin’s Clippers career ending.

Judges call this fight in favor of Ingles, the new Twitterweight champion.

Not only is the 30-year-old showing off his Twitter chops, but Ingles also has taken a big step forward in his NBA career. He jumped to 11.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season, while making 44 percent of his threes.

Blake Griffin ordered to pay $3 million a year in child support

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Blake Griffin has been ordered to pay $3 million a year in child support to the mother of their two children, according to a report.

Griffin broke up with Brynn Cameron last year, leading to a paternity suit. The matter was settled with the NBA star being ordered to pay $258,000 per month in child support, according to Radar Online. That amounts to over $3 million per year.

For the purposes of the child support calculation, Griffin’s net worth was calculated to be $35 million in March. Griffin is signed to a 5-year, $173 million contract and scheduled to make just under $32 million next season.

Griffin and Cameron have joint legal and physical custody of the children. The two were ordered to mutually agree on school and additional school expenses, with Griffin paying the kids’ extracurricular activities. Griffin claimed in the suit that he is paying for a home in which Cameron and the two children live in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Cameron, who also has a child with former NFL QB Matt Leinart, has also filed a civil “palimony” suit against Griffin for allegedly breaching an oral contract with him.

UPDATE: TMZ Sports has since reported that this figure is incorrect and that Griffin is paying $32,000 a month, which is a huge difference.