Sorry for the lack of a WotN post folks. I'm calling in sick from blogging today. In honor of that, I'm posting highlights from last night's Pacers-Clippers game.

That's right: Pacers-Clippers.

This is because Blake Griffin is totally freaking sick. The points he dumped on the Pacers weren't just awesome. According to Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, they were historic.


Think about all the players who were supposed to turn the Clippers franchise around: Bill Walton, Danny Manning, Danny Ferry, Antonio McDyess, Michael Olowokandi, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Elton Brand, Shaun Livinston...

...so many failures.

But Griffin is legit. This kid is amazing. And I say that as the blogosphere's foremost cynic regarding all things NBA. It's not just his skills. It's his attitude. I am a Blake Griffin fan. He has me watching the Clippers.

I never thought that would happen. Ever.

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42 Comments:
Anonymous Nikolay said...
I'm a Suns fan, have been since I moved to the valley 6 years ago. This season I find it hard to continue watching them, but I still support them.

I never liked Griffin, he just looked weird, but I had never actually seen him play. As the Suns have been playing like shit, I began watching the Clippers because Griffin and Gordon are tearing it up...and they're on my fantasy squad.

I find myself in the same boat, I'm watching the clippers....never thought I'd see the day.

Anonymous MSK said...
Feel better.

The kid is amazing. Too bad he's working for Donald Sterling. If only that asshole could go do something else, and a decent owner come in for the Clips.

Anonymous Barry said...
To bring back the true Basketbawful state of mind in here: It's only a matter of time before he suffers a career-altering injury.

All is normal again. Though I've seen the phrase "surging Clippers" bandied about...

*waits*

Blogger Dan B. said...
Nice coincidence. I'm calling in sick from blogging today myself. My sinuses are exploding right now, and I've finished off an entire box of Kleenex blowing my nose once every five seconds the past day or two. I barely slept last night because I couldn't breathe.

Anonymous Geert said...
Since I live in an unbasketballish country (Netherlands), I've mostly seen his highlights on the internet (the nba stuff on television are either games on expensive paychannels or short recaps one game a week, and those are obviously not from the Clippers. Even here the sportbroadcastpeople seem to know they are who we thought they are...). Those are, ofcourse, mostly offensive. And damn impressive, I didn't know he had a jumper like that. It looks Duncanesque how he uses the glass. But how is his defense? I know he can rebound, but can he lock down his man, or play good help D?

Blogger Josh said...
@ Dan B.

My sinuses are truly, truly evil as well. The only thing that's given me any help when they get as bad as yours sound is this:

http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Saline-Adult-Menthol-3-Ounce/dp/B0013UOWGO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1295385697&sr=8-8

Every time I'd use it, I'd be able to blow my nose for like three minutes straight. It would clean me out for a little while and open my sinuses at least a crack. It's cheap too. Try it, hopefully it'll work for you.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Josh -- I've been using NeilMed Sinus Rinse for a couple years now whenever my sinuses flare up, and it's helped a lot. Washes a lot of gunk out of there and reduces the odds of me actually getting a sinus infection, and if I do get one, I usually recover quicker. Unfortunately, I get this way every year right around this time of year... Almost completely lost my voice for several days last year. I bowled in a tournament one Sunday, then when I got knocked out in the round of 8 of match play, I immediately drove to the emergency care center and spent every penny of my winnings that day on the doctor visit and antibiotics.

Blogger Josh said...
Oh man, I've been there Dan. I'm sure we could swap horror stories of the sort, but it's good to know you have options too. I've heard Neti Pots work well also, but I've never tried them.

I get yearly afflictions around the same time annually. I've only gotten "sick" sick about 4 times in as many years, but the last 3 times were actually something to seriously worry about (some sort of virus eventually leading to a bacterial infection, or vice versa, or both at the same time). The first time I was hit with it, I was literally sick with it for about 4 months, no joke.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Jeff Foster, another casualty on the ever growing list of Blake destroyees.

Also, LeBron is making a kids' cartoon show, you can watch on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/thelebrons

Anonymous Anonymous said...
So this is what Rashad McCants has been doing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1jdv4otbQM

The hell..

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I hope Clipper fans enjoy Blake Griffin while they can, cause the odds are quite good that he'll leave the Clippers as soon as he's able to do so (probably 2014). The Clippers finally put their high draft pick to good use, but how could anyone worth a damn want to stay with that team while Sterling is the owner? Not only is Sterling a class 1 shithead, but more than any team in professional sports, the Clippers have demonstrated again and again that if they can fail, then they will. If there's ever a team that was begging to get the Clay Bennett treatment, it's the Clippers.

Blogger David said...
I really hope Blake doesn't piss away the best years of his career in a misguided sense of loyalty to the cursed franchise that drafted him, the way KG did.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
Yams: Seattle would gladly steal their franchise and rename them the Sonics.

PS- the combination of post moves, strength, athleticism, and jumpshooting reminds me of Karl Malone. Love to see him go glass, btw.

Blogger Bing said...
I'm excited by Griffin's style of play, he is hard to resist.
The next LAL v LAC game will be a bloodbath between the champs and the young upstarts.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
http://www.lithuaniabasketball.com/news-517-amateur-player-attempts-124-three-pointers-in-a-single-game.html

found this on truehoop;
Swac alert!

Blogger Wormboy said...
Ever since I saw Griffin play against UNC in the NCAA tournament, I knew the guy was a freak. But who figured he'd be such a dominant player in his first year? Though it must be said that having a year to study and work on his shot while injured gives one a leg up on guys coming out of college.

Most amazing, he seems like a nice guy. Of course, I can remember when LeBron seemed like a decent, grounded guy.... I wonder which way Griffin will go? I sure hope he doesn't become yet another NBA prima donna. That said, those that spend some time in college seem less likely to be psychos.


And yes, the Neilmed sinus rinse is very good. Helps hayfever, speeds recovery from colds and sinus infections. Just make sure to clean it well! Sucks to blow through so much distilled water, but it IS less irritating to sinus membranes.

Anonymous StottsEra said...
"atlanta back doors them to death and its a stuff for josh smith!" - bob rathbon on the hawks 'offense' early vs the heat

Blogger Jesse said...
Not related to the post, but as a Sun's season ticket holder I just got an email about an incentive program to get you to renew season tickets by Feb 17th. The trade deadline is Feb 19th. That can't be a good sign... :(

This is my first season as a ticket holder, so maybe it's standard practice, but it sure doesn't instill confidence.

Anonymous Aaron said...
Heat lost again!

The best stat: Lebron James, 3PM-A, 2-10.

Blogger stephanie g said...
My favorite LeBron move is when he dribbles for 20 seconds and then launches a 35 foot brick.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I just found myself buying floor seats for the LAC-Phx game on April 1st.

Since the last floor seats I bought were to watch my beloved Cavs, that shows how much I think of Blake.

Being a cavs fan is hard, but I can deal while basking in the Phoenix sun.

Anonymous Marylander said...
Karma is BITCH!!!! haaaaaaaaaa!

Anonymous dave m said...
Why was World B. Free not mentioned??

Josh and Dan and others that are "sick" right now. Remember that old Stephen King book, "The Stand"? Anyway, just try and make yourself comfortable.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
dave m - No Captain Trips for me, thank you very much :)

Wow, 2 whole points from the Miami starters not named LeBron or Dwyane. No wonder the cHeat lost.

Looks like Derek Rose did a Kobe impersonation tonight: 33 points on 28 shots with only 4 assists, and the most any other Bull scored was 12? I know Noah and Boozer are out, but a point guard should try to distribute it around a bit better than that.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Blake is the man. Nuff said. I think 47-14 just got him to the All-Star game

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Rose would have had more assists if any Bull could make a shot.

He pulled a Kobe in this game, a 2006 Kobe. He took "too many shots" and "didn't facilitate" mostly because his teammates brought an unholy amount of suck to the table. The only way they were going to win that game was if he physically carried them there. He almost did it too.

Blogger KHayes666 said...
Its a shame the Clippers are owned by a world class jackass. The talent mentioned in the post (Odom, Brand, etc) would have worked out fine if the owner gave a damn and surrounded them with world class players.
If Sterling ever dropped dead or sold the team (hopefully the latter) while Griffin is there, expect a nice post-season run within 1-2 years....unless their next owner is even worse than Sterling (think the Celtics going from Irv Levin to John Y Brown).
Btw, gotta love the Heat needing overtime to put up 80+ points against the Atlanta Hawks. If the "new big 3" aren't producing the team has no chance. What are the Heat gonna do when they run into Ron Artest or the Celtics again, who both actually play defense?

Blogger Bing said...
I am at the point with LeBron where it is as fun to see the Heat loose as seeing LA win.

Anyone know who they play next?

Anonymous AhmedF said...
KHayes666 - umm, just to point out the obvious, but the "new big 3" weren't intact. Can't really criticize that if they don't play.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
FACT: the Miami Heat are winless when Chris Bosh doesn't play. Oh snap!

Blogger Rainman1003 said...
Bawful, you HAVE to show this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzwwVZRRIro&feature=player_embedded

real or fake, it sucks to be a cavs fan this year!

Anonymous Cetti said...
aaaand the worst of the night goes to...LeBron James. For attempting a 35ft threepointer for the potential game-winner and then, again, trying that shot in overtime while down by 2 points when a penetration maybe, just maybe, would be the more clever decision.

But you could also mention Spoelstra for not drawing up any kind of play in both situations. Or Joel Anthony who collected 16 boards (a career-high) but did not attempt any shot. Which is a first in franchise history.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
When Eddie House is your 4th best (3rd best w/o bosh) player....there will be problems.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Anon - You say that in jest, but Bosh really has quietly been the key to Miami's half-court offense. Without him, they look completely awful, and no amount of defense covers the loss.

Anonymous A.B. said...
On the topic of Blake Griffin,check this out:http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/01/blake-griffin-47-points-james-posey-lamar-odom-/1

How big of a douchebag is James Posey? It's apparent that B. Greezy (that's what I call him) is getting in the heads of some vets: not backing down to Lebron, tussle with Odom, dropping 47 on Posey. But Posey is the guy that brought us this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y72gBvGSFuk

this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMp-FY72_ng

and this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqfP1xJpFo4

I mean Posey is a guy who's been to the mountaintop with the Celts a few years ago. He sure didn't mind taking cheapshots and going hard at Kobe in that '08 Finals series. But in sum, it's not that surprising. He's one of the associations underrated douchebags.

Blogger draftaraujo said...
This gives me a new perspective of "flu like symptoms"

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/yourhealth/men'shealth/article/923542--those-flu-like-symptoms-could-be-an-allergy-to-semen

Blogger João Clemente said...
Am I the only one who finds it incredibly amusing that the Heat are 0-4 since Queen James' Karma tweet? Not quite in Devin Harris' stat curse territory, but still it's a very good example that sometimes it's better to just keep your mouth shut. Not that King Crab will ever do it. Karma is a bitch, really.

Anonymous Aaron said...
In the Heat game, the rest of the starters took 4 shots in total!

Look at it this way. Had the cHeat won the game, everyone at ESPN would have said, "yeah, all you need is two superstars and the rest of the starters can just "shoot"...crack up their noses the whole game."

Anonymous Mladen said...
From now on, I shall use an obvious and unoriginal, yet quite deserved nickname for him: James Pussy.

Anonymous Stockton said...
Griffin + Williams = Stockton + Malone 2.0.

And no OSTERTAG!!!!!

Damn, that would be nice...

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Anaconda is right on the money folks. You realize Joel Anthony had a Rodman like effort and we lost. Oh and we still play the rotting corpses of Ilgauskus and Juwan Howrd.

Blogger Pisani said...
Griffin isn't going to wind up eating himself out of the league like Shawn Kemp. So if he stays injury free the Clips have something really special on their hands.

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