“I thought he played great with good spirit,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Somebody had to get it going for us.”
For the Clippers, Griffin has had it going throughout the early part of this season. It's been maybe the best stretch of his career, said reserve guard Jamal Crawford.
He's averaging 22.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, while also flashing an improved jumper. He was 7-of-13 outside the paint on Thursday night.
“I'm confident in it,” Griffin said of the shot. “I've still got a lot of work to do though.”
But it's his physical interior play that makes him such a menace to deal with.
He's dominating and, at times, aggravating for opposing fans, using his physicality to shove bodies around.
But even if Thunder fans get tired of him in games, they'll still have a soft spot for the native when he's off the court.
“As players, that's how we are,” Griffin said, making the comparison to the fans. “If I'm friends with a guy and he's on another team, when we're playing each other, we're not friends really. We're going at each other. And I'd expect the fans to be the same way.”