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OKC Thunder: Q&A with Clippers forward and Oklahoma native Blake Griffin

The former OU and Oklahoma Christian School star played a big role in the Clippers’ comeback win over Oklahoma City in Game 4.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: May 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014

Doc said with five fouls, he told you to play like you had one. How did you focus on the game and not the fouls?

“Tried not to think about it. After Game 1 in the series with Golden State, I was in foul trouble, ended up fouling out. I think I was too tentative and didn't play aggressive enough. Doc told me that after Game 1. Going back in in the fourth quarter, I tried to be aggressive, not avoid foul trouble, really keep playing the same way. It turned out to work out.”

Describe the last play. Seems you went a little early, like eight seconds. Describe what you saw there, what you were thinking.

“The play that I missed the layup on (smiling)? Honestly, I didn’t know exactly what the shot clock was at. When D.C. caught it and drove, kind of pump faked it and hit me, I wasn’t sure. I just knew I didn’t want to get a shot clock violation and give them a chance to take the ball out.

“I probably rushed it a little bit. It’s my fault that I put us in that situation. But hopefully I'll learn from it.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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