FRIDAY FIVE: GRIFFIN’S TOP PLAYER OF THE WEEK PLAYS
Blake Griffin won the second Western Conference Player of the Week award of his career, putting up better than 25 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal per game during the week of Nov. 11-17. He scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in all three games. The 3-0 week embodied Griffin’s season to date. He’s compiled statistics in all five major categories, he’s shot well and he’s impacted the game in nearly every facet.
Here is a look back at the best plays from his Player of the Week performance with an attempt to show at least one play from each game (Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn) and account for all areas of Griffin’s arsenal:
5. Nov. 11, 2013 vs. Timberwolves. From the floor to the net. In last Monday’s win over the Timberwolves, a team the Clippers beat again a week later in Minneapolis, there were plenty of plays worthy of Griffin’s top five list. However, narrowing it down to something that encapsulates his all-around week made things a little harder. One of Griffin’s most underrated attributes his is passing ability, combine that with his all-out hustle and it explains play No. 5. The Clippers’ possession looked lost and in a game that was decided by a missed tip-in by Kevin Love at the buzzer, every play mattered. Griffin crashed to the floor to retrieve a loose ball and in the process of going to the ground, saw J.J. Redick to his left. Griffin passed to Redick from the seat of his pants, or his hip for that matter, and after two dribbles Redick was free for a 3-pointer.