Is it possible we might start referring to brazen dunk champion Blake Griffin as a stretch four? The Clippers power forward knocked down four straight jumpers to start last night’s preseason game against the Dubs, including a corner three right in the face of a surprised Andrew Bogut. But does this mean he’s now a three-point threat?
Here’s that corner three we were talking about, which came after Blake had already knocked down a pair of long two-pointers in the opening minutes of the Warriors’ 112-94 preseason win late Tuesday night.
Blake ony hit 12 three-pointers during the 2013-14 season, but that was still a career high, after he only converted 14 three-pointers combined in his first three seasons in the NBA. Not only that, but the player many casual fans believe is a one-trick pony, shot a career high from 10-16 feet last season, with a more discerning eye as he attacked the rim more often under the watchful gaze of Doc Rivers.
Blake was still decent in the 16-23 foot range, too, as he worked extremely hard to refine his stroke and become a better all-around offensive machine. His hard work on his shot his offseason paid off last night, and he even drilled a snazzy turnaround jumper in the second half:
That’s not to say he still can’t throw it down, like he did on this lob from Chris Douglas-Roberts.
But last night’s preseason action shows Blake’s definitely expanding on what was already an impressive offensive array.
Griffin finished the game with 24 points (9/17 overall; 1-of-1 from deep) and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
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