Blake Griffin was worth the wait. That’s what anyone who watched his official NBA debut last night should come away thinking. While the LA Clippers ultimately lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, knowing their potential super-stud power forward looks like the real deal should help salve some of those opening night wounds. And hell, this is the Clippers we’re talking about. As for Griffin, he wasted no time making his presence known by throwing down a nasty alley-opp for the first basket of NBA career.
Griffin finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes of play. I’m guessing his knee is fully healed. Oh, and four assists were a pleasant surprise, as well. Now he just needs some consistent help from his teammates.
For instance, Chris Kaman would do well to avoid anymore 4-18 shooting nights. In fact, Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler were the only other two Clippers crack the double-digit mark in scoring. Further, besides Gordon and Griffin, the rest of the Clippers starters only shot 8-35 collectively. That clearly needs to be improved.
Since I can’t regale you with tales of Griffin’s first NBA win, I’ll just show you the other dunk he had. It, too, did not disappoint.
Welcome to the NBA (again), rook.