Blake Griffin says he's ready to step up
After Chris Paul’s endorsement that the Clippers will only go so far as Blake Griffin does, Griffin believes that he is ready for the challenge. Despite being just 24-years of age, Griffin has had high expectations for not only being the number one pick, but for his All-Star talent. However, those expectations have not always been met and Griffin has often been accused of being soft and an underwhelming playoff performer.
But Chris Paul believes in his big man. “Blake is one of those guys, where his age has nothing to do with anything," Paul said. "People may say he's a young guy, but he's been special in this league, he's been an All-Star. His voice carries a lot of weight and I think our team will definitely go as Blake goes. He's our guy, and he's good enough to do so.”
The question is whether or not, Griffin believes in himself as much as Paul does. And this year, he apparently does.
"[Paul] has a huge role on this team," Griffin said. “He's been the guy who has closed out a lot of games late for us. But in my mind, this is the year I need to step into that role and really help him shoulder that load. I'll be right there with him at the end of games, being the guy that he can always count on."
One of the things that Griffin will now do is take more jumpers from the elbow and work on his face up game. Furthermore, his new coach, Doc Rivers, has given Blake the green light to go 0-15, as long as he’s aggressive.
With the endorsement from his point guard and his new head coach, Griffin may now be ready to take the Clippers further than they’ve ever been. If not, they'll be no different than they were last year; flaming out in the 2nd round of the playoffs.