It’s no secret that Blake Griffin is one of the most athletic players that the NBA has ever seen, especially at his power forward position. He is usually bigger, faster, and stronger than most of the players at that position, but tonight will be different.
The Los Angeles Clippers will take on the Miami Heat, defending NBA champions. They also have something that the NBA has never seen before, his name is LeBron James. He can play all five positions and can guard all five of those positions as well. So far this season he has played power forward for Miami, so this could be one of the most exciting matchups in the NBA to watch.
The two players will have the opportunity to guard each other from time to time during tonight’s game. It’s pretty clear that James will have the advantage since he can basically do anything on a basketball court. He will most likely switch from position to position all night long, creating mismatches for the Clippers throughout the game.
It will be interesting to see how both players approach the matchup. When James gets the ball on the low block tonight will he try to face up Griffin or will he try to post him up? Without question he has the ability to do both, but will Griffin be able to stop him? That’s the question.
Griffin has never been known for his work on the defensive end of the floor, so tonight will be a big test for him. When Griffin gets the ball on the low block he will most likely try to post up James. He might occasionally step out and take an 18 foot jump shot, but it definitely won’t be his first choice.
Opposite from Griffin, James has been known as one of the best defensive players in the league. So he will be able to hang on the low block when Griffin tries to post him up. He will also be able to run the floor with Griffin to take away the easy slam dunk opportunities, which most of the other power forwards in the league can’t do.
This matchup will definitely be the one to keep an eye on during tonight’s game. The upper hand obviously goes to the three-time NBA Most Valuable Player in James, but Griffin might be more ready for this test than people think.
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