Sure, Roy Hibbert was gone from his suspension and that’s no small loss for the Pacers, but to get a quality win like this gives the Clippers further credence of being a title contender in the NBA West.
Griffin was the key with his outstanding inside play. He was a typical Blake Griffin against the Pacers when he scored 18 points, had 14 rebounds and had 7-of-10 shooting in 32 minutes of action.
For the season, Griffin is averaging 18.6 points. 8.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. Without Hibbert, the Clippers were able to have a fun rebounding game.
But give Griffin credit, even in a different arena , he continues to play like a smooth and cool NBA veteran. He hasn’t had any off games. He had his way with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday with 11-of-14 shooting and seven rebounds, plus six assists. He’s giving the Clippers steady minutes and outstanding play. His numbers in January were slightly more impressive than in February. He had games of 30 and 31 points in January.
What also makes Griffin’s contributions especially golden has been a 54.5 percent shooting percent from the floor. When he goes to the basket, Griffin has been consistently dangerous against the opposition. If that continues, this will be a Clippers team that should be the best entry the franchise has ever had in the NBA playoffs.