Blake Griffin Nonexistent as Los Angeles Clippers Are Eliminated from 2013 NBA Playoffs

By Phil Naegely
Blake Griffin
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Before Friday’s game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies, it was expected the Blake Griffin would not start but be an available due to an ankle injury. He ended up playing 14 minutes and only scored nine points. In the 14 minutes Griffin did play, Zach Randolph did well guarding Griffin. At one point, Griffin and Randolph got into a little wrestling scrum that looked like they were on Wrestlemania. Anyway, Randolph was effective in keeping Griffin from forcing a game seven.

Moreover, Griffin was minimally successful tonight because of foul trouble. He finished with four personal fouls, and probably would have played longer in the second half if he wasn’t in serious foul trouble. Nonetheless, Griffin must be disappointed in his performance on the court. His ankle did not seem to be causing too much trouble, but then again, maybe he was just hiding the ankle injury’s pain very well. Griffin’s performance was very sub-par, and now the Clippers join the list of NBA teams done playing this season. At least the Clippers were not swept in four games like their Los Angeles counterpart, but provided an entertaining six game series against the Grizzlies.

The Clippers lost game six because Griffin did not play as he should. Randolph effectively shut him down physically and kept him off the boards as well. Griffin only had three rebounds overall. Matt Barnes and Chris Paul tried their best to get the Clippers back into the game, and Griffin was unable to assist in that effort.

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