Blake Griffin can’t catch a break (or, perhaps better phrased: all he can catch are breaks), Damian Lillard gets snubbed again (or did he?), the Sacramento Kings are suddenly good, and Kenneth Faried straight-up Shan Tsung-ed Bradley Beal. Cue the music, it’s time for the Pic And Roll!
Blake Griffin Becomes His Own Punchline
Griffin’s one of the funniest players in the NBA. He’s got tremendous comedic timing with a fine, dry wit, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously. There’s a reason his advertising campaigns have been a hit with diehard and casual fans alike. Unfortunately, after idiotically punching his friend – former friend, probably, right? – and fracturing his hand as a result. The amount of time Griffin will miss is up in the air. Some say between four and six weeks, others say it may not be until just before the playoffs. Either way, the Clippers will be missing their best all-around player for much, much longer than they anticipated, and it may just doom them to a second-round match up with the Golden State Warriors.
Naturally, as is its wont, the Internet had a freaking field day with the news, and 2K Sports was particularly savage. Look, punching someone isn’t good. Punching a friend is even worse. Hopefully this is a learning experience for Griffin on both a professional and personal level. He has to make better decisions if he a) wants to keep friends around, and b) doesn’t want to cost his team valuable playoff positioning (not to mention cost himself a hefty portion of his paycheck due to a suspension).