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All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Blake Griffin

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Post#31 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:21 pm by queridiculo

Finally seeing that Booker gif, wow, I know I wouldn't have had the restraint to keep myself from turning this into a brawl.
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Post#32 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:25 pm by AFM

Nivek wrote:Not as true this season as it was previous years -- at least so far. Griffin appears to have put in considerable work on his shooting. He's average or better at-rim (duh -- .735 to lg avg .642), from 3-9 feet (.510 to .385), from 10-15 feet (.433 to .415) and 16-23 feet (.390 to .380). Not much of a 3pt shooter, though.

Virtually everyone's efficiency drops when you keep them away from the rim. Griffin -- so far this season -- has become about average at shooting the ball with some range. Which will help him get more attempts at the rim as defenses start respecting him out on the floor. Plus, he's still above average in other categories.

And, he's 23. I'd take him on my team.

No one is saying he's not good statistically. But there are two types of players, those who rely on athleticism and size and those who rely on skills. I appreciate, and I think most people on this board do too, skill over athleticism. I'd much rather watch Duncan or Nene show off some awesome footwork than Blake just going DUHH and dunking it. So when someone says "Griffin isn't that good at basketball" that's usually what they are referring to. His game is still very raw.
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Post#33 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:00 pm by Nivek

AFM wrote:
Nivek wrote:Not as true this season as it was previous years -- at least so far. Griffin appears to have put in considerable work on his shooting. He's average or better at-rim (duh -- .735 to lg avg .642), from 3-9 feet (.510 to .385), from 10-15 feet (.433 to .415) and 16-23 feet (.390 to .380). Not much of a 3pt shooter, though.

Virtually everyone's efficiency drops when you keep them away from the rim. Griffin -- so far this season -- has become about average at shooting the ball with some range. Which will help him get more attempts at the rim as defenses start respecting him out on the floor. Plus, he's still above average in other categories.

And, he's 23. I'd take him on my team.

No one is saying he's not good statistically. But there are two types of players, those who rely on athleticism and size and those who rely on skills. I appreciate, and I think most people on this board do too, skill over athleticism. I'd much rather watch Duncan or Nene show off some awesome footwork than Blake just going DUHH and dunking it. So when someone says "Griffin isn't that good at basketball" that's usually what they are referring to. His game is still very raw.


It's probably time that the "Griffin is nothing more than a dunker" scouting report got an update. As noted above, he's shooting jumpers better this season than in his first two years. He's still a good passer -- third most assists per minute among PFs. Shooting and passing -- skills. Maybe his post-up game isn't smooth and pretty, but he appears to be a guy willing to work on his game. He's already improved his shooting...maybe his post-up game is next on the list.

I'd definitely take Duncan over him (for this season), but Griffin -- whatever his perceived faults -- is productive, young and appears to be improving. There aren't many PFs in the game I would take over Griffin.
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Post#34 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:03 pm by AFM

Yeah, he's no doubt improved his jumper. I don't see much improvement in his post game though. He had a few shots in the last game where he jumped with his back to the basket and tried to spin in mid air before shooting, a common sign of poor footwork IMO.
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Post#35 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:49 pm by hands11

OffTheWall2 wrote:Never forget.

This man robbed the Wizards of winning both a dunk contest AND rookie of the year awards.


All hail The Queen.

As to what another poster posted that it wouldn't be annoying if those players played for us.

Personally. I would still be very annoyed and call them a Queen.

Hell, we get on Kevin for being soft. I doubt many here wouldn't call out Blake if he was here.

Personally, I wouldn't want him on a team I root for. I like to like and respect the players I root for.

As of now, I like and respect several of the Wizards players and I expect that to get easier as they win more games and gain more respect and develop their games.
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Post#36 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:09 pm by AFM

Yup, imagine if Wall started flopping and faking injuries.
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Post#37 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:25 pm by montestewart

AFM wrote:Yup, imagine if Wall started flopping and faking injuries.

With Wizards luck, he'd probably fake a career ending injury.
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Post#38 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:23 pm by nate33

Nivek wrote:It's probably time that the "Griffin is nothing more than a dunker" scouting report got an update. As noted above, he's shooting jumpers better this season than in his first two years. He's still a good passer -- third most assists per minute among PFs. Shooting and passing -- skills. Maybe his post-up game isn't smooth and pretty, but he appears to be a guy willing to work on his game. He's already improved his shooting...maybe his post-up game is next on the list.

I'd definitely take Duncan over him (for this season), but Griffin -- whatever his perceived faults -- is productive, young and appears to be improving. There aren't many PFs in the game I would take over Griffin.

I realize that it's not a good idea to make extrapolations from one game, but I gotta say that Griffin was very unimpressive against the Wizards. He was 5-18, and I know at least two of those field goals were accomplished solely by sprinting up court and outrunning the defense to get deep position against a mismatched defender. Take away those 2 buckets and he was 3-16 in the conventional half court set. Furthermore, half of his free throw attempts were "earned" via star treatment, not on the merits of the play. Basically, Nene, Seraphin and Booker owned him.
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Post#39 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:07 pm by long suffrin' boulez fan

Sad thought. It could be queen vs. queen in the finals. Evil vs. evil with no one, other than maybe Caron to root for
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Post#40 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:17 am by AFM

We'll probably make the finals at the rate we are playing. Just let Big Balls pop the clip in the 4th quarter. Who gonna stop a fadeaway 3? WHO?

WHO GOT BIGGER BALLS THAN J CRAW?
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Post#41 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:30 am by Nivek

nate33 wrote:
Nivek wrote:It's probably time that the "Griffin is nothing more than a dunker" scouting report got an update. As noted above, he's shooting jumpers better this season than in his first two years. He's still a good passer -- third most assists per minute among PFs. Shooting and passing -- skills. Maybe his post-up game isn't smooth and pretty, but he appears to be a guy willing to work on his game. He's already improved his shooting...maybe his post-up game is next on the list.

I'd definitely take Duncan over him (for this season), but Griffin -- whatever his perceived faults -- is productive, young and appears to be improving. There aren't many PFs in the game I would take over Griffin.

I realize that it's not a good idea to make extrapolations from one game, but I gotta say that Griffin was very unimpressive against the Wizards. He was 5-18, and I know at least two of those field goals were accomplished solely by sprinting up court and outrunning the defense to get deep position against a mismatched defender. Take away those 2 buckets and he was 3-16 in the conventional half court set. Furthermore, half of his free throw attempts were "earned" via star treatment, not on the merits of the play. Basically, Nene, Seraphin and Booker owned him.


If you'd watched him against Orlando a few nights earlier, your impression would be quite different -- 30, 8 and 7, including 3-4 from 16-23 feet. He likely looked better last night when he went for 26, 13 and 8 against Golden State.

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Post#42 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:25 am by Zonkerbl

He's a good player.

He stole the dunk championship from Javale. That's Stern's fault.

He made an obvious flop that fits into the parameters that should be penalized, and so far has not. That's also Stern's fault.

More fun to hate Griffin though.
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Post#43 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:54 am by sfam

pancakes3 wrote:Lebron's redeemed himself?

Lebron might have redeemed himself in terms of his play on the court - he's clearly the best player in the NBA right now, fourth quarters included. But he still whines like a baby when things don't go his way.
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Post#44 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:12 pm by dobrojim

I'm waiting for Wiretap to report the Blake got fined for flopping.

I think when the Clips come to the phone booth, I should make a poster
that says Lob City with the Lob marked through and corrected with Flop.

Blake's true value will be better established with this forthcoming
playoffs.

I will revise/edit my remarks. He's a very productive/good player.
I just don't happen to like him.
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Post#45 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:18 pm by mohammed10

Zonkerbl wrote:He's a good player.

He stole the dunk championship from Javale. That's Stern's fault.

He made an obvious flop that fits into the parameters that should be penalized, and so far has not. That's also Stern's fault.

More fun to hate Griffin though.


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Post#46 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:50 pm by miller31time

And winning the award for "Most Ironic Comment of the Night", Clippers' color commentator Mike Smith.

Following an offensive foul called on Blake Griffin as he pushed Thabo Sefolosha attempting to clear space to go up for an alley-oop, Mike Smith exclaimed....

That was just a little love tap, I thought this was a man's league
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Post#47 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:16 pm by hands11

AFM wrote:We'll probably make the finals at the rate we are playing. Just let Big Balls pop the clip in the 4th quarter. Who gonna stop a fadeaway 3? WHO?

WHO GOT BIGGER BALLS THAN J CRAW?


It was a fade away 3 wasn't it. Pretty nasty.
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Post#48 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:21 pm by hands11

long suffrin' boulez fan wrote:Sad thought. It could be queen vs. queen in the finals. Evil vs. evil with no one, other than maybe Caron to root for


The annoying bowl.

Though I don't really hate LeBron anymore. He seems to have matured.
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Post#49 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:24 pm by hands11

dobrojim wrote:I'm waiting for Wiretap to report the Blake got fined for flopping.

I think when the Clips come to the phone booth, I should make a poster
that says Lob City with the Lob marked through and corrected with Flop.

Blake's true value will be better established with this forthcoming
playoffs.

I will revise/edit my remarks. He's a very productive/good player.
I just don't happen to like him.


Which = The New Queen of Basketball because that is who LeBron used to be.
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Post#50 Re: All Hail the new Queen of Basketball. Bla
Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:28 pm by AFM

More like a fade away to the side. Super quick release to get it off when they knew there were only a few seconds left. Beaucoup de swag to run back before it went in. Lookin like vintage arenas. Gave em that work.
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