Blake Griffin’s Minutes Must Be Managed More Efficiently by Los Angeles Clippers

January 5th, 2011 by Ro Shiell Leave a reply »
It was very evident that Blake Griffin was winded in the fourth quarter last Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks. He had a double-double in the first half, 19 points and 10 rebounds, but did not have it down the stretch to secure the game.

"I thought we just did a good job of battling him," Hawks head coach Larry Drew said. "We didn't do anything special from a strategic standpoint. When you play a guy like that, you need to be prepared to play a physical game because that's what he's going to bring. He's a load, and it takes a team effort to defend a guy like that."

In the second half, Griffin started settling for jump shots and only made three of his 10 field goal attempts. He did try a few drives to the hoop and Atlanta applied a little more pressure every time he touched the ball, but you have to wonder whether Griffin could have gone for 40 points if he had his wits about him.

You don’t have to be an expert to notice certain trends in the NBA.

The starters practically play all of the first quarter, and then the primary offensive weapon rests at the end or the beginning of the third quarter, leaving the secondary player to carr ...

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