LOS ANGELES — After missing half the season due to a quad injury/broken hand/suspension, Blake Griffin returned for the final five games of the regular season. But he did not look like his old self. His shot was off, he did not seem as aggressive, and he just looked rusty.
For two playoff games against Portland he has been a beast — and his athleticism isn’t in question. Not with dunks like this one off a little elbow pick-and-roll with Chris Paul. Griffin had 12 points (on 12 shots) and nine rebounds in this game.
“Physically I feel good,” Griffin said after the 102-81 Clipper win. “Didn’t score well tonight, but Doc stresses a lot of times, especially during the playoffs, when you’re not doing one thing particularly well find other ways to impact. So that was kind of more my thought process tonight.”