The Clippers-Jazz series just got a whole lot more interesting. With Rudy Gobert out for the Jazz the advantage and momentum of this series shifted to the Clippers. It showed in the last two games as they were able to win 2 of the first 3 games of this series. Last night, Blake Griffin was injured in the win over the Jazz, Griffin suffered a toe injury and will miss the rest of the postseason. Just like last year, when it matters most Blake Griffin suffers an injury, and the Clippers are left to dry. Will this change the outcome of the series. Have we seen Blake Griffin's last game in a LA Clippers uniform? All things to take into consideration following this news.
The Clippers still have the distinct edge in this series even after losing one of their best players. When the Jazz lost Gobert they lost their entire interior defense essentially, not necessarily a helpful thing when the other team has Deandre Jordan, who can only score within 10 feet of the basket. The Clippers losing Blake Griffin means they lose their second scoring option and a mediocre defender, I guess. In a series against a team with more fire power I'd say the Clippers should be a little more worried, and if they are to get to the next round they'll run into that problem, but for now they should be just fine with Chris Paul and Deandre Jordan running the offense. Let's be real, we all knew the Clippers weren't going to the conference finals anyway, they never do, so Blake Griffin is the perfect scapegoat for Doc Rivers to use when they face their usual early elimination.
I'm beginning to believe Blake Griffin is more and more of a fraud superstar with every passing season. For starters this guy is the most injury prone player in the entire league. Throughout the regular season he misses time with nagging injuries. Ever since 2013, his best season in the league, he's never been the same player. Past 3 seasons he's failed to play more than 67 games in a season, he has missed the past two postseasons, and his numbers are headed in the wrong direction. It doesn't make much sense to me, Griffin should've developed his game into so much more. He's got this shitty jumper now that is supposed to make him more of a perimeter threat even though everyone knows it's a bunch of bologna. Griffin is a free agent this summer and if I'm running the Clippers organization I let him walk. Too many headaches, too many injury problems, and not enough winning, what reason would you have for keeping at this point.