Blake Griffin is a basketball stud.
I don’t mean in the highlight dunk kind of way… well, yes I do. That too. He has more dunks than anyone in the league by a long shot. But in the “this guy can flat out ball” kind of way.
He dropped 47 on the Indiana Pacers Monday afternoon at Staples — the highest single game point total of anyone in the league this season. He shot 19 of 24.
And if you think he needs to develop his midrange game — you’re right, but he is getting there. This season Griffin is shooting 36 percent from 10-15 feet, just a little below the 38.9 percent average for power forwards (according to Hoopdata.com). He has been hesitant to take the shot at times.
But Monday he was six of nine from the midrange (14 to 19 feet) and was five-of-six from the left wing. He wasn’t hesitant, he was feeling it. And when you have to start respecting his midrange game, more drives and dunks open up. His all around game is developing.
You just have the feeling this 47 is not the last 47 for him.
Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….
During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.
The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.
We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”
This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.
And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.
Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.
He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).
You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.
We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.
There are no words to describe how sad this is.
Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, Monty Williams, died Wednesday at the age of 44 from injuries suffered in a car accident the day before.
Williams’ car was hit head-on by another vehicle that had crossed over the center divider, according to the Oklahoman.
The Monty and Ingrid had been married more than 20 years and have five children, ranging in age from 17 to 5. Williams is one of the better respected and personally liked coaches around the league, and the tributes have just started to pour in.
Our thoughts are with Williams and his family.