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A dazzling NBA Summer League debut for Blake Griffin

Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 14, 2009 at 5:29 am •  Published: July 14, 2009

"He’s been working like crazy on his outside shot,” Dunleavy said. "He’s really been improving for us.”

Dunleavy talked about how Griffin made about six jumpers beyond 20 feet in Sunday’s practice. How he had to stop the session and demand Griffin shoot after he once passed up a 17-footer. How the No. 1 overall pick then ended the game with a 3.

"I would have liked to shoot a little bit more from the perimeter. That’s something I’ve been working on,” Griffin said. "That’s something that I know I can do, so I just want to get up repetitions in games.”

But despite coolly swishing his only 3-point attempt, Griffin acknowledged that he doesn’t intend on shooting much from beyond the arc.

"I felt like I was wide open on that one,” Griffin said. "I didn’t roll enough so I just caught it and let it go. But I’m not going to settle for 3s. I know where my bread and butter is, and I’ve been working really hard on the 15- , 17-foot shot so that’s going to be where I shoot mostly from.”

Griffin, however, showed he has plenty of flair for Los Angeles.

With 2:58 left to play, Griffin pulled off the play of the night when he again led a two-on-one fastbreak while streaking down the right sideline. He dribbled between his legs from right to left, spun back right, went up with one hand and kissed it off the glass. The crowd responded accordingly.

"He was really impressive,” said teammate Eric Gordon. "He scored in many ways. He was putting it off the dribble ... He ran the plays. He did the things that he needed to do. And I was just really impressed with some of the moves that he did one-on-one. It’s hard for any big man to guard that. So it’s going to be really hard to guard him during the season.”

Said Dunleavy: "It’s hard to have a bad game because he plays so hard and he does so many things.”


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