Over the weekend, Blake Griffin and the Clippers faced off against the Charlotte Bobcats and Griffin didn't disappoint the Los Angeles crowd that came to see the wunderkind power forward.
In a 103-88 victory that brought the Clippers to 10 games under .500, Griffin took over the game with a wide array of spectacular moves and finishes. He notched another double-double, scoring 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
However, once again, the story of the game was Griffin's showstopping, awe-inspiring dunks. Watch:
There's something particularly impressive about making a 3/5ths of the court alley-oop routine, but that's the greatness of Blake Griffin: he's so exceptional, his athleticism is so impressive that he makes the truly marvelous look absolutely mundane. He converts alley-oops and practically jumps out of the gym on breakaway slams the same way that you and I tie our shoes or drop off a Netflix envelope at the mail box.
Exciting as he is already, Griffin still has room for improvement. One of the best parts of watching Griffin is seeing him fail. His failures are even more gasp-inducing than his successes. Take for example this play, an attempted alley-oop.
It's not everyday that a play that fails like that one is more impressive than a 3/5ths court alley-oop that worked, but so is Blake Griffin's game. There will come a time when he makes that dunk every time. It could be tomorrow, it could be some time next season, but rest assured, it will happen. Then it'll only be a matter of how many backboards he'll break.
The Clippers had some unfortunate news last week when they announced Eric Gordon had a broken wrist. As fabulous as Griffin has been, it's Gordon who has been the team's leading scorer this season, showing incredible improvement himself. However, with Gordon out, Griffin is going to have to play more minutes, and more minutes for Blake Griffin means more chances for highlight reel plays; plays that we've never seen before. More chances for Blake Griffin to get closer to putting it all together.