Over the course of his four-year NBA career, Blake Griffin's shown that he's pretty willing to share the basketball. He's averaged better than 3 1/2 assists per game from the four spot in the pros, a strong number for a big man. He stepped that up to 4.4 dimes in just less than 36 minutes per game during the 18-game stretch his Los Angeles Clippers played without All-Star point guard Chris Paul earlier this season, a period that saw Griffin largely run the L.A. offense as something of a 6-foot-10 point power forward. For all of his talents as a scorer and finisher, he'll gladly give you the rock to put you in position for a highlight.
Well, if you're in the game, that is. If you're a fan sitting courtside, and the ball bounces to you after going out of bounds with four-tenths of a second left in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, you should be the one who shares. You should give him the ball back.
Yes, Miss, we're talking to you.
On one hand, I can understand the impetus to finish off the photograph. It's like I always say – don't let a stray basketball interrupt the pursuit of your dreams. On the other, though, we kind of need that basketball to keep the game going, Miss. Can Blake just ... like, can he get that real quick ... seriously, four-tenths is enough time for a quick shot if we can catch 'em napping ... oh, forget it.
Hope the shot came out great. Did you use 1977? That's a pretty good filter. Or maybe Sierra? That's a good one, too. Whichever filter you chose, at least you chose not to pivot and turn it into a selfie. Strong decision. And if you're out there, Miss, and would like to share the results of your artistic expression with the BDL audience, well, you know where to find me.
The scuttled end-of-half possession didn't wind up coming back to bite Blake and Co., as Griffin finished with 27 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and a steal in 38 minutes of work to lead the Clippers to a 106-98 victory over the feisty – but still bad – Bucks at Staples Center. The backcourt of Paul and Darren Collison combined for 29 points and 13 assists without a turnover for the Clippers, who won their 50th game of the season to stay within 2 1/2 games of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 2 seed in the West.
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