Blake Griffin is taking part in his former group on Saturday, with a bit of further edge to indicate his indifference towards (or outright dislike of) the Clippers.
Blake Griffin made his return to Staples Middle with the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night time, in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers. However the extra notable return to Los Angeles was Saturday, in fact in opposition to his former group the Los Angeles Clippers. In preparation, he didn’t play the second leg of a back-to-back Thursday night time in opposition to the Sacramento Kings for relaxation functions.
Throughout pre-game warmups Saturday afternoon, Clippers proprietor Steve Ballmer was on the ground because the Pistons have been getting their work in. As Griffin began to stroll off the ground Ballmer prolong his hand for a handshake, at which level Griffin picked up velocity and sprinted to the locker room.
It’s attainable Griffin simply didn’t see Ballmer out of the nook of his eye, someway. Or possibly Griffin was attempting to remain targeted, and fraternizing along with his former boss in any respect didn’t match that plan. Regardless, even a passing acknowledgement of Ballmer in need of a handshake was of no curiosity to Griffin.
This clip reveals extra of Ballmer’s response.
Griffin obtained a pleasant ovation from the house followers throughout pre-game introductions although, and he later acknowledged the gang warmly.
On the ground, Griffin has taken no mercy on the Clippers. His first factors of the sport got here on a three-pointer, on his approach to 15 first quarter factors. He had 26 factors at halftime, with three makes from past the arc, and he had 35 factors on 10 of 16 from the ground (4-for-9 from 3-point vary, 11-for-12 from the road) because the Pistons led 90-80 lead after three quarters.
Griffin has been aggressive from the beginning on Saturday, with a presumed inexperienced gentle from Pistons’ coach Dwane Casey to indicate the Clippers what they’re lacking. A take a look at the standings would present they’re doing simply superb with out him, however revenge narrative can’t be ignored.