It didn’t take long to figure out how Blake Griffin would approach his first game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin — who was traded to the Detroit Pistons last season — gave Clippers owner Steve Ballmer the cold shoulder during pregame warmups.
The message was clear: Griffin was prepared to take no prisoners during the contest.
He followed through on that promise once the game started. Griffin led all scorers, dropping 44 points on his former team in the 109-104 win. He also added eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in the victory.
It was the first time Griffin faced off against the Clippers since he was traded to the Pistons. Griffin, Brice Johnson and Willie Reed were sent to Detroit for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic plus a first and second-round pick at last season’s trade deadline.
The 29-year-old Griffin saw his numbers drop slightly during his half season with the team in 2017-18, but that hasn’t carried over into this year. Griffin came into Saturday’s game averaging a career-high 25.1 points per game. That figure only went up following his 44-point performance.
It won’t be long until Griffin has a chance to top that number. The Pistons play the Clippers again Feb. 2. It’s probably a bad omen for the Clippers that game will occur on Groundhog Day.
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