Blake Griffin put up his third-career triple-double on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Clippers topped the Milwaukee Bucks. Griffin had 11 rebounds, 11 assists and 23 points on 9-14 shooting from the field. Griffin has been producing solid numbers all season, but he’s turned it up another notch as of late.
In Griffin’s first 51 games of the season, he was solid. He averaged 18.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game over that span. He was also efficient with his shooting, posting a 53.4 percent field-goal percentage, a product of how much he’s worked on his offensive game. There’s no doubt that those numbers put him among the elite power forwards in the NBA.
But in his last 10 games, he’s gone beyond that and played like arguably the best power forward in the league. During this recent span, Griffin has averaged 19.8 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, one block and one steal per game. He’s actually shot the ball even more efficiently, too, converting on 62.1 percent of his attempts over that period.
It’s obvious that the entire Clippers team has increased their energy level and quality of play. Life for Chris Paul’s teammates is a lot easier when he is locked-in. However, that shouldn’t take away from how great Griffin has been recently for Los Angeles. There’s no doubt that he worked tremendously on his post-moves and his mid-range jump shot in the off-season and the results are finally coming to fruition.
As the Clippers look to establish themselves as contenders with the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference, the play of Griffin is an integral part of how they perform. When he’s playing like he has late, they are easily one of the best teams in the conference and in the NBA. Griffin needs to keep this up if he wants to help his team make a run in the playoffs.