DETROIT – Blake Griffin has heard the criticism of him in recent years. He also understands that. But on Tuesday night against Philadelphia 76ers, the Detroit pistols have shown everyone that he is not “bad” anymore.
Griffin had a career high of 50 points in a 133-132 overtime win over Philadelphia. He reached the milestone of a run and-1 doubled as the betting curve and the game-winning free throw for the team he was traded last winter.
“You know the last two, three years, all I hear is how bad I am and I’ve been injured, I’ve had bad games,” said Griffin. “But we talked about it.” This summer, it’s huge to work out for the first time in three summers, you know. The last three summers fought and worked as hard as I could to recover from being able to play “
” And this summer I could really put in and work on my game, work on my body and I’ve always been deeply believing the hard work pays off. “
It has been shown in the first three games of Detroit’s season, but especially so against Philadelphia. Griffin career-high 50 points were most of a piston player because Rip Hamilton had 51 points on December 27, 2006 against the New York Knicks. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the first 40-point, 10-rebound game of a piston player since Isiah Thomas on February 8, 1983, when Thomas had 46 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Griffin tied a career high with five 3 pointers and set a career mark with 20 field goals. His 50 points is the seventh most in the history of Pistons.
“He is angry at a high level right now, said Pistol coach Dwane Casey.” Offensive and defensive, he is talking and making decisions, communicating. He is playing well. Of all the big players I’ve worked with, Dirk [Nowitzki] Kyle Lowry, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Kemp, all these guys are playing at the high level right now.
“And he’s just one of the guys who takes it to another level, leads his team, puts them on the back, is the leader in the timeout. But again, that’s what we expect from Blake because he’s so good for one player. “
Fellow 50-point leader Hamilton went on Twitter to congratulate Griffin.