Coming into the season, Blake Griffin was viewed as a flashy player, but one that was lacking substance. Based on the way the power forward has been playing this season, that viewpoint is slowly starting to change.
However, if he keeps putting up games like he has over the last three contests, his reputation as one of the NBA's elites will change much quicker. That's because Griffin set a new career milestone in the Clippers' 118-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
Coming off performances of 36 and 43 points in his previous two games, the power forward notched 36 against Toronto. That marked the first time in his career that Griffin scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games.
On the year, it was Griffin's ninth 30-point game. Prior to 2013-14, the most 30-point contests he'd registered in a season was 12, which he accomplished in his rookie year. With 30 games remaining in the regular season, it's safe to say he's likely to shatter that record as well.
Perhaps most noteworthy is that it only took Griffin 28 minutes of game time to notch his 36 against the Raptors. In order to do that, you have to be incredibly efficient, which Griffin was. He hit 13 of his 18 field goals. The power forward also hauled down eight rebounds, dished out two assists and blocked a shot.
"I expected greatness, but Blake's done some things we didn't know he could do," coach Doc Rivers said, per the Associated Press (via ESPN). "Clearly, we're taking advantage of him in the open court with the ball. And he'll be even better when Chris [Paul] comes back."
Now that's a scary thought. Griffin is elevating his game to new heights, and he's doing it without one of the league's premier point guards. Just imagine how effective he'll be when Paul returns.
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