The Los Angeles Clippers suffered a huge loss with the news of Chris Paul missing the next 3-5 weeks with a separated right shoulder. The Clippers are going to need all hands on deck in order to stay competitive in the extremely tough Western Conference without Paul, but Blake Griffin may be able to pick his game up enough to keep Los Angeles afloat without their All-Star point guard.
I don’t believe that Griffin has earned the respect he deserves while playing in the shadow of Paul. Sure, Blake is on ESPN constantly, but that’s because he has the ability to dunk over just about anyone in the NBA. That ability will only get you so far, and highlight dunks are nice but being the man on a team is even better. This is Blake’s opportunity to become the man for the Clippers.
There have recently been discussions between the Clippers and New York Knicks involving Griffin and Carmelo Anthony. This is the perfect opportunity for him to show Los Angeles just what they would be missing if they indeed decide to part ways with Griffin via trade.
Griffin is a double-double threat just about any given night during the season, but does that have more to do with his one-on-one ability or Paul’s ability to get him the ball? This injury to Paul may answer that question.
If he performs well the Clippers may realize they can’t part ways with Griffin. However, if Griffin falls flat without Paul, he may be playing his way out of Los Angeles. Paul is the best player on the Clippers, but this is Griffin’s opportunity to play his way out of the All-Star point guard’s shadow.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org