Blake Griffin continues to be 'the guy' for Clippers against Spurs
SAN ANTONIO — There was a time not so long ago that the idea of Blake Griffin as the best player on these
Los Angeles Clippers was nothing short of laughable.
He was an amazing athlete, a diligent worker and one of the best young big men in the game, to be sure, but anyone who tried to deem him an alpha male in this context must have been suffering from amnesia. Unless Chris Paul had been traded, there wasn't a conversation to be had here.
But on Thursday night at
AT&T Center, where the Clippers showed just enough poise and panache to down the San Antonio Spurs 102-96 and force a Game 7on Saturday in Los Angeles in this sensational first-round series, the case for Griffin as their everything flowed out of his teammates' mouths as if it were a widely known truth.
It wasn't just about the 26-point, 12-rebound, six-assist night, although his latest line had everything to do with the Clippers living to play another day. This was about the continued evolution of a wunderkind, one who picked the perfect time to have the best playoff series of his NBA life and in doing so has only confirmed what they already knew.