The Blake Griffin trade caught the entire NBA community off guard Monday night, including Griffin himself, who said he found out through Twitter that Detroit would be his new home. The news came as a shock to the the Clippers in particular, the team Griffin had been with his entire career.
It came quickly. It’s rare when things come quick in this league, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday after the trade had been finalized. But it came out of nowhere, and it came pretty quick. We have been talking about it for I don’t know how long. It hasn’t been that long.
When Maker is the closest player to the ball as it bonks off the rim, he grabs the rebound only 50 percent of the time — third-lowest among 299 players who have recorded at least 500 rebounding chances, according to Second Spectrum tracking data via NBA Advanced Stats. The two guys below him: Ekpe Udoh and Robin Lopez.
Those names are instructive. Udoh and especially Lopez are famous box-out artists. They eliminate one and sometimes two opposing players, freeing teammates to fly in unmolested for rebounds. They do the grunt work without getting the glory.
I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to ‘Shut up and dribble,’ James continued. So, thank you, whatever her name is.
I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important and how I can help change kids, not only in America, but in Brazil, England, Mexico and all over.
James corrected Ingraham, who said James tried to leave high school a year early to enter the NBA, by saying he actually did graduate from high school.
On a night when the 76ers and Wizards rallied from huge deficits, DeAndre Jordan turned in the best game of his career.
The Clippers center scored a career-best 30 points to lead his team to a 129-119 victory in Boston. Jordan dominated inside and was nearly perfect from the floor, going 11 of 14. He was also 8 of 9 from the free-throw line and had a game-high 13 rebounds.