With just 24 points and 17 rebounds compiled in the five first-round games against Boston, Blake Griffin did not have a big streak to support the effort of the « Big Three », Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. These three averaged 85.2 points (a record for three players from the same team), or 70% of Brooklyn’s points.
The interior has certainly placed two dunks in Game 2, his best of the series (11 points) elsewhere, but for the rest (4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds on average), he mainly worked defensively against Tristan Thompson.
« I was focused on being physical and getting him out of the circle », he summed up to the New York Post. “As long as I do what the staff ask me to do, I’m happy. I can always do better, but winning this first round is the most important. I had never won a first round in five matches. «
« He uses his intelligence and his experience to plug the holes »
We know that Griffin is in Brooklyn to win matches, go far in the playoffs and no longer make statistics, but hasn’t he disappointed his coach a little with such poor performances?
« I’m not going to say he made a bad show », Steve Nash already announces, in the form of a response. « She wasn’t meant for him to blacken out the statistics sheet. » The series was tough for him, as the Celtics changed on every screen. So we played isolation with our Big Three and he was there to push the game aside. They never let go, they kind of took him out of the show. As a result, he couldn’t have a big impact. «
Limited by the defense of the Celtics, the former Pistons and Clippers therefore remained in the shadows, like all the additional players around the three-headed monster (with the exception of Joe Harris’ hot shot, there too in the second round). Perhaps the Bucks’ choices will be different and give him more room to express himself offensively.
“The Big Three took advantage of Boston’s defensive tactics. Durant and Irving’s numbers are incredible and I don’t think other players’ stats are huge, ” he asserts. « He was great in accepting his role », continues on his side Nash. “He uses his intelligence and experience to plug the holes. »
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