Oklahoma City Thunder: Clippers' Blake Griffin back on home crowd's good side

Whatever it was the former Oklahoma All-American Blake Griffin did wrong two years ago, all seems to be forgiven by the home folks.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: November 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012
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Whatever it was the former Oklahoma All-American Blake Griffin did wrong two years ago, all seems to be forgiven by the home folks.

When the 2009 collegiate player of the year made his first NBA appearance in his home state on Feb. 22, 2011, he was greeted with loud cheers during pregame introductions.

Thereafter, the only cheers for Griffin came when he was called for a foul or had his shot blocked.

There were boos or no reaction whenever he scored, and Griffin scored plenty that night with 28 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out eight assists in a 111-88 shellacking handed down by the Thunder.

Fan reaction wasn't all that shocking. Oklahomans love their own, but Griffin no longer was playing for the home team.

The Clippers paid a visit to Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night and once again Griffin got a warm reception from a sellout crowd of 18,203 during pregame introductions.

Griffin received a significantly louder ovation than teammate Chris Paul, this state's first NBA love when he played for the New Orleans Hornets during their two seasons in OKC (2005-07).

This time, there primarily was silence when Griffin scored or grabbed a rebound.

There were cheers when he missed a free throw. There was applause whenever he picked up another foul, which comes with the territory when you take one more step toward disqualification in enemy territory.

There is a noticeable maturity in the 23-year-old Griffin since his Rookie of Year campaign two seasons ago.

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