Blake Griffin Could Have Saved Los Angeles Clippers Had He Stayed Healthy

By John Raffel
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s going to be a long offseason for Blake Griffin.

The talented 6-10 forward is coming off a great season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

For the playoffs, Griffin averaged 13.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. An ankle injury limited his Game 6 playing time and brought his average down for the season. Griffin has been very aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. He averaged, for the regular season, 18 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists,  32.5 minutes and 1.2 steals per game.

It was an incredible season for an incredible player.

But for this reason, most fans are not going to remember Griffin’s magnificent accomplishments. They’ll remember that when the series was tied 2-2, he hurt his ankle in practice and could not deliver at full strength the last two games.

A healthy Griffin could have made the difference rather than the Memphis Grizzlies winning 4-2 in the NBA West’s first round.

The Clippers should realize what a healthy Griffin means to this team. Griffin shot 53.8 percent from the floor during the regular season, but averaged 2.5 turnovers a game, a stat that he struggled with. But Griffin’s season gives the Clippers hope for next season.

The Clippers should draft or trade for a forward, who can serve as a capable backup for LA. It’s tough to stay healthy during an entire NBA season and the Clippers need to make sure that players like Griffin have capable backups to get the job done.

Perhaps the Clippers would not have gone too much farther even if Griffin stayed healthy. But the team needs him in the lineup at all times for the Clippers to rank as title contenders.

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