With and Without Chris Paul, Clippers Need Everything from Blake Griffin

December 3rd, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers knew he had something special on his hands.

Before he left Boston to coach the Los Angeles Clippers in June 2013, Rivers reconnected with Tony Brown, a former assistant of his with the Celtics. Brown had served on Mike Dunleavy's staff in L.A. in 2009-10 and was among the first people in the NBA to work closely with a freckle-faced phenom named Blake Griffin.

"Hey, he’s a great passer, not a good passer," Brown told Rivers. "And if you can figure out a way of using him, he’ll surprise you with his vision."

Nowadays, the sight of Griffin dribbling and dishing like a point guard comes as no shock. Last season, he became just the 11th player in NBA history to average five or more assists while standing 6'10" or taller.

Clippers fans don't bat an eye, either, when Griffin knocks down a mid-range jumper. Coming into Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers, he'd hit better than 40 percent of his shots from every distance, save for the short corners.

Griffin may not be the domineering bulldog that Chris Paul is, but as far as on-court skills are c ...

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