In Game 2 of Clippers-Thunder it was painfully obvious that Steven Adams was getting under Blake Griffin’s skin, pushing him to the brink of annoyance. In Game 3, Griffin got his chance for revenge as he stuffed the rookie center at the rim with a monster two-hand block.
[GIF COURTESY OF @CJZERO]
Since joining the league, Blake Griffin has never been known as a above-average defender despite harnessing all but one of the tools to be one. And the one he’s missing, a lengthy wingspan, is what’s held him back. But this block was impressive. Leaping into the air prior to Adams going up for a layup, Griffin was able to remain straight in the air long enough to stuff the rookie Roy Hibbert style, but much more impressive than 99 percent of the blocks we’ve seen from the Indiana Pacers center.
Plays such as this are why people expect much more from Griffin than he produces. He shows flashes of elite defense here and there, but has yet to figure out how to be a defensive anchor on a consistent basis. Griffin has made a leap this season behind the direction of Doc Rivers, so that’s a great sign.
For the league’s sake, they can hope that he’s reached his ceiling on that end of the floor.