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Blake Griffin to be announced as Rookie of Year on Wednesday

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Here is the only bit of suspense about this announcement: Is it unanimous? And if it’s not, would the person who thinks Blake Griffin is not rookie of the year like to explain themselves.

The Clippers have called for a “major announcement” Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, which will certainly be Griffin winning the award.

John Wall will likely come in a distant second. But this season it should be distant.

Griffin was a 20-and-10 guy as a rookie, averaging 22.5 points and 12.1 rebounds per game on 50.1 percent shooting.

Griffin fast became a star as a dunking YouTube sensation. With good reason — the man can dunk. In game, we’re not talking the over-the-car crap. We’re taking about destroying guys in games.

But if you think he can only dunk, you weren’t watching.

Griffin has handles. He is incredibly patient when he gets the ball in the post and if you bring the double he’s a surprisingly good passer as a rookie. His midrange game needs work, but it improved as the year went on. As did his defense.

In a league filled with people who won the genetic lottery, Griffin is a freak athlete. But he’s more than that, and he’s a guy with a crazy work ethic. Which means he’s only going to get a lot better.

It was a Clippers game so the best dunk was… Dwight Howard’s? Yup.

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The last five seasons, Dwight Howard has led the league in most dunks in a season. This season, Blake Griffin is pushing him.

Tuesday night, Howard taught the Clipper rookie a few lessons — about protecting the rim, about the need to diversify his offensive game (although Griffin is getting there fast), about passing out to open shooters. Oh, and this is how you dunk, young man.

Great assist by Jameer Nelson, too. Well, maybe not the best pass ever but when you have Howard to go get the rock it doesn’t have to be.

Trick shots at home with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

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Don’t go there with the “they should make more shots in the game” comments. Blake Griffin took time out from hanging in front of the television watching SportsCenter (“Hey, there I an again!”) to go shoot trick shots for your entertainment.

You should thank them. Then you should watch the video.

Eric Gordon’s “I’m Home” dunk

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Eric Gordon went home to Indiana, to show just how big he has gotten since he left, how much he has matured. That shiny Gold Medal from Turkey.

Not so much the Clippers, just kind of ignore them. Well, except for Blake Griffin.

And for his homecoming, Gordon gives you, the fans of Indiana, this monster dunk. Enjoy in the spirit it is given.

Baron Davis’ bad day: Out with knee issue, ripped by coach

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If Baron Davis breaks into a chorus of Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — it would be hard to blame him.

He is sitting out Monday night’s Clipper game against the San Antonio Spurs due to pain in his problem left knee. As his coach Vinny Del Negro was announcing that to the media, he was questioning Davis and his conditioning.

“He got out of shape pretty bad. He’s not in great physical condition. Baron has to put in the time….” Del Negro said before his Clippers took on the San Antonio Spurs. “Baron wants to do it. But I need to see action. Talk is talk. I’m optimistic he can do it.”

Davis said he has been working out, but his knee has been a problem for him as long as he’s been in the league. Now, however, his body is not reacting like it did a decade ago. He said his days of just starting to get ready for the season in August and playing ball three times a day is not working.

“I think this summer was a dose of reality, that I need to start a little bit ahead of time, or really train differently….” Davis said.

He’s disappointed not to be out there.

“Especially at the rate I came back, I was able to play and get out there in the preseason and start building and getting my legs back to where they needed to be coming into the season. I felt like I was building a foundation. But my knee, like I said, it’s always going to be a little problem.

“It probably just needed rest, and it flared up. Hopefully it’s a one-game thing”

Del Negro and the Clippers interim coach from the second half of last season, Kim Hughes, have both now gotten on Davis about his conditioning. But is that really going to change with Davis at this point in his career?

The Clippers hopeful future at point guard, Kentucky rookie Eric Bledsoe (that guy who was next to John Wall last season) will get the start. That’s the good news, the bad news is it is Tony Parker opposite him for his first game. Welcome to the Clippers life.