The offensive game of Blake Griffin has entered top-three territory before our very eyes.
Griffin may not have had his usual dominant impact on the boards in the Los Angeles Clippers‘ 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets, but he did showcase a lot of his new complete offensive game. Griffin scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting in the game, but it was how he got those points that was most impressive.
Showing the offseason improvements made to his shooting game, Griffin was spotting up from the mid-range and knocking in jump shots, and also went 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Griffin may have used his elite athleticism to put in some dunks, but the improved shooting in both areas make him a much more dangerous player come playoff time.
If Griffin can continue to consistently knock down shots and not be a liability from the free throw line, that just makes it easier for coach Doc Rivers to leave him on the floor during crunch time. The things he can do in terms of being a scorer, rebounder and distributor alongside Chris Paul make him an irreplaceable player, and his skills will come in handy when the Clippers will have to get some big wins down the stretch in the postseason.
Griffin was not the only player in attack mode, however. Paul also had a big night shooting the basketball, pouring in 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Paul has always been a great distributor of the basketball as evidenced by his 10 assists against the Nuggets, but when Paul is aggressive on the offensive end putting in shots and looking to do damage himself, the Clippers hit another gear on offense.
And let us not forget about J.J. Redick. Redick had a decent night for the Clippers as he was aggressive in looking for shots from downtown, putting up six shots from three and knocking down four of them. Redick had 18 points on 5-of-10 shooting overall, but when Redick is looking for his shot from three and is able to put it in, he can give the Clippers another reliable floor-spacer, which gives Griffin and Deandre Jordan more room to work in the post and make the most of scoring opportunities on the low block.
When the Clippers are aggressive on offense, there are very few teams that can match their firepower. Griffin and Paul will lead the way, and if they can spread their aggressiveness to other important role players on the team such as Redick, Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison, then the Clippers have the chance to be special in the playoffs.
Consider this game a warning for the rest of the league.