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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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Dallas Mavericks

JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: “He should take his time”

JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: "He should take his time"

The Dallas Mavericks grabbed a small deal with New Orleans JJ Redick. The sniper is injured, however, it remains unclear when the veteran can intervene.

As the Mavs announced, JJ Redick is not yet with the team, but is doing his rehab individually after Redick received conservative treatment on the heel after the All-Star Break.

Dallas had acquired the 36-year-old as a package with ex-Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli from New Orleans, in return the forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu as well as a second round pick and some cash in the Big Easy changed.

“We want to make sure the heel is at 100 percent,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson. “He should take his time and if he feels comfortable, he can come to Dallas and be integrated.” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the heel was making progress but he didn’t know when Redick would join the team.

Dallas sees JJ Redick as an important piece of the puzzle for the playoffs. The Shooting Guard has played more playoff games (110) than the rest of the Mavs roster. Over the season, Redick posted an average of 8.7 points with a three-way quota of around 36 percent.

However, the trade came as a bit of a surprise, with many anticipating a buyout from Redick. The Brooklyn Nets would have been the favorite, also because the Shooting Guard lives with his family in Brooklyn.

“He would have liked to have chosen his team himself, but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Nelson. “He told me that Luka (Doncic, editor’s note) was one of his favorite players and Luka has already written with him. Dirk (Nowitzki, editor’s note) has already done that too. I think that JJ is happy to be in Dallas. “


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Charlotte Hornets

LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late

LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball's return to Los Angeles - Lakers drag Hornets away late

Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.

Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105

James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.

LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.

With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.

Lakers and Hornets play smallball

Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.

The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.

The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.

In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.


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New York Knicks

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: “Thought that was my hall”

Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: "Thought that was my hall"

Patrick Ewing is undoubtedly one of the most famous alumni of the New York Knicks, but on his return to the venerable Madison Square Garden, the former star of the NBA team had to identify himself.

“I thought that was my hall,” said the 58-year-old: “It’s terrible that I’m stopped, spoken to and asked for ID.”

Patrick Ewing was the coach of Georgetown Hoyas in New York, his college team beat the Villanova Wildcats 72:71. But after the game Ewing was occupied with something completely different. “Everyone in this arena has to fucking know who I am. But I’m being stopped, I can’t move freely. I just thought, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this really Madison Square Garden?'” Ewing said.

The former center played for the Knicks for 15 years and was elected all-star eleven times. He was twice in the finals with the franchise (1994, 1999), his jersey number 33 has not been awarded since 2003. So he wanted to get in touch with James Dolan, Knicks owner and manager of Madison Square Garden. “I guess I’ll have to call Mr. Dolan and ask, ‘Jesus, is my number under the roof or what?'”


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