Blake Griffin came into N.B.A. in 2010 after being the overall draft of the first in 2009 for Clippers, earns five consecutive All-Star choices. In recent years, he continued to score about 20 points a game, but started to recover from damage and Clippers finally handed the pistols in January. His days as an elite player seemed to be over.
On Tuesday night, for the first time in his career, Griffin scored 50 points, in a 133-132 overtime win over 76ers. He limited the effort with the game winner: a run and free throw with two seconds left in overtime. He looked rejuvenated at the age of 29.
And it was not just points. He also had 14 returns and six assistances.
His previous career height was 47 points in 2011. Last season his high was only 33. However, this season he poured in 26 and 33 in his first two matches, and he is
Griffin credited his improved game to good health: “Being able to train for the first time in three summers is huge”, he told ESPN. “The last three summers I fought and worked as hard as I could to recover from being able to play.”
The pistols have made the playoff only twice in the last 10 years and lost both series, four games to none. Their hope is that the season rests on the big man’s combo box of Griffin and downtown Andre Drummond. If Griffin can fill what he did on Tuesday night, it may take Drummond’s scoring pressure, which is a restoring machine’s most comfortable scoring 15 or so one night.
For the pistols to surprise people in the east, Griffin must also avoid injury. (He missed the entire 2009-10 and played in only 35 matches in 2015-16.) And they need to find someone to meet consistent jump shots from the outside of a group that includes Ish Smith, Reggie Bullock and Reggie Jackson, none of  On the other hand, given the Griffin’s long distance shooting on Tuesday, maybe he is that guy.