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Blake Griffin, the slam dunk winner who gives up pounding

Blake Griffin, the slam dunk winner who gives up pounding

At the 2011 All Star, Blake Griffin astonished the world by jumping over a car and winning the dunk contest. It was his first season in the NBA after going blank for what should have been his rookie year. The powerful power forward was already haunted by injuries, but that didn’t stop his spectacular physique from dropping some of the most astonishing dunks of the past decade. It was his specialty.

However, the matador no longer kills. Blake Griffin has radically changed his game to protect himself from injury. This modification has made him shy away from mates. In 19 games this season he hasn’t made any. In all the previous course, he only five. In the 2012-13 season he reached 202, the top of him. Since then, the data has only dwindled to the void of the present.

“In my early years in the NBA I trusted in my athletic ability to make a place for me. That was exactly what had led me to the NBA. The problem is that with this one arrives very tired to February,” said the current player of the Pistons long ago in an article in The Players Tribune. He now only does jump shots after working hard to modify his shooting mechanics.

“A while ago, I would never have tried a triple to win a game. I didn’t have the confidence,” he said. Currently, Blake Griffin throws more times of three (6.2) than two (4.9). Of course, his percentage of 30.5% in triples is one of the worst in the NBA. He also has the worst scoring average of him since he played in the NBA. He scores 12.3 points per game, a far cry from the 24.5 he made just two seasons ago. In his rebounds, he is in the second worst record of him: 5.3 when he reached an average of 12.1 in his first year in the League. And in assists, his current 3.7 is the third worst of his.

At 31, Griffin has tried to protect his physique from the injuries that haunted him while adapting to modern basketball. The mutation, however, ended the spectacle of his extraordinary dunks and reduced his stats to their all-time lows. There is no trace of the matador we knew.


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Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce and Popovich warns: “They will regret it”

The Atlanta Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce and Popovich warns: "They will regret it"

Coach Lloyd Pierce has been released from the Atlanta Hawks after two years in which he left a deficit of 63 wins and 120 losses, the Atlanta franchise announced on Monday, which is considering appointing assistant Nate McMillan to the position.

“We have high expectations for our team on the court and believe that by making this change we can now achieve a more consistent second half of the season with better results,” explained Hawks president of basketball operations and general manager Travis Schlenk.

Lloyd Pierce, 44, was hired before the 2018-2019 season.

Although the new season began with a balance of 10 wins and 9 losses, the Hawks have lost 11 of the last 15 games and are third in the Southeast Division, where the Miami Heat, their rival on Tuesday, is the leader.

Gregg Popovich, Pierce’s mentor at Spurs, warned of the mistake made by the Hawks with his decision: “We all know how volatile the environment is in the NBA and how short the deadline is for everything, but you don’t want to end up missing Someone like that. It’s like failing a good player in the draft or evaluating a player the wrong way. He’s the kind of person you want to build a franchise on. “


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New York Knicks

The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

The Knicks are already fourth in the East and sign their best start in nine years: end to their curse?

Power forward Julius Randle had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the New York Knicks in a 90-109 away win over the Detroit Pistons.

With their victory, the Knicks moved above 50 percent for the first time so far this season and also since they finished 54-28 in 2012-2013.

The Knicks (18-17) have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last games.

Forward R.J. Barret had 21 points and reserve guard Alec Burks had 16 points for the New York team.

The Knicks never had a problem against the Pistons after reaching the break with an 11-point lead and extended it to 24 points in the second half.

The Pistons (9-25), worst in the Eastern Conference and second in the league, had power forward Jerami Grant as their leader after contributing 21 points and eight rebounds.

Reserve guard Wayne Ellington added 15 points and forward Josh Jackson, who also came off the bench, scored another 12 points, which were not a winning factor either.

The Detroit team has lost six of the last seven games and their coach Dwane Casey is beginning to be on the line.


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Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers shoot the Golden State Warriors out of the hall

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers shoot the Golden State Warriors out of the hall

The Los Angeles Lakers have achieved a safe blowout victory against the Golden State Warriors and with their second success in a row reclaimed second place in the west. LeBron James and Co. made it at 117: 91

Los Angeles Lakers – Golden State Warriors 117: 91

LeBron James’s working day was over after just 24 minutes, a low of the season for the King. The 36-year-old didn’t need any longer to get his Lakers onto the road to victory. LeBron got 19 points (7/12 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and blocks.

Support was provided by five other Lakers players with a double-digit point yield, including Dennis Schröder. The German put on 12 points and 6 assists with a plus / minus value of +32 in just 25 minutes. Markieff Morris (13 and 8 rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (12 and 11) and Alex Caruso (13) also knew how to convince.

The Los Angeles Lakers offense rolled over the guests without mercy, and in the first quarter, L.A. had a 20-point lead, which grew to 29 points by the half-time break. The Warriors lacked the offensive power to keep up. From a distance, only 8 of the 34 attempts (23.5 percent) were successful, the guests only hit 40.7 percent from the field.

Stephen Curry couldn’t make his mark on the game either. He finished the game with 16 points (5/13 FG, 2/7 threesomes) and 7 assists, Eric Paschall was the top scorer of the Dubs with 18 points from the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. still got 14 points, Andrew Wiggins (3, 1/5 FG) had a pitch-black day. In addition, Draymond Green twisted his left ankle in the second quarter when he landed unlucky on the foot of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In the second half he was no longer able to play, but the game had long been decided.

Los Angeles Lakers with triple fireworks early on the trail

In the first few minutes of the game, the Lakers indicated in which direction this game should go. The home side started the game 20: 5 and welded five threes through the trap in the first six minutes. A green dunk followed by a four-point game by Curry brought some life to the dubs in the middle of the section, but they couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers.

With LeBron on the bench, Schröder led the reigning champion with some good plays. Ultimately, L.A. finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run, set a season high for most points in one run, and went into the second quarter at 41:21. From the guests’ point of view, there was no improvement there. The Los Angeles Lakers scored almost at will with good drives, Golden State remained cold. A deep buzzer beater from LeBron finally paused at 73:44.

Even after the break, the Warriors couldn’t manage to make the game exciting again. Los Angeles maintained its comfortable lead in the third section and even expanded it to 35 points. The fourth quarter turned out to be extended garbage time.

Center Damian Jones, who started his career at Golden State and recently signed a ten-day contract with the Lakers, made his debut for Purple and Gold (8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks). Shortly before the end, Kostas Antetokounmpo provided a highlight with a cracking putback dunk. It was the end of the first Warriors bankruptcy after three wins in a row.


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