Well, not the start the Indiana Pacers had planned on their west coast trip. Danny Granger and Darren Collison came in looking to establish themselves early, which they did with great success and did so with a high shooting percentage. One problem....Blake Griffin.
Griffin has been one of the more exciting players in the NBA this year, as a rookie. However, he showed his diversity and offensive capability against the Pacers last night. Every pick and roll the Clippers ran with Griffin, the Pacers seemed to counter pretty well on the rotation. Griffin didn't allow this to stop him as he backed down whoever was guarding him, banked in open jumpers and finished strong with tough layups (take not, T.J. Ford).
Granger and Collison tried to do everything they could, but Jim O'Brien couldn't find anyone else who could provide some offensive fire power. JOB went through 11 guys to try to find something, but came up empty handed. The Pacers will look to try to turn things around on Wednesday as they face the Golden State Warriors. After the jump, check out the links of the day, including James Posey refusing to shake Griffin's hand after the game...
PACERS: Game Rewind: Clippers 114, Pacers 107
Game Rewind has highlights, analysis, notes, quotes and stats from the Pacers' 114-107 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday.
Griffin pounds Pacers | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
LOS ANGELES -- Blake Griffin's spectacular dunking ability has made the Los Angeles Clippers forward a regular on the nightly sports highlight shows this season.
Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Recap - AP
NBA Basketball Recap: Final statistics from the Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Clippers game played on January 17, 2011
Los Angeles Clippers 114 - Indiana Pacers 107 - Blake Goes Off - Clips Nation
Blake Griffin scored an NBA season high 47 points as the Clippers won their fifth game in six.
Blake Griffin's 47 points power Clippers past Indiana, 114-107 - latimes.com
Game review from LA Times
Pacers notebook: Forward in no mood to shake hands | The Indianapolis Star | IndyStar.com
Posey decides not to shake Griffin's hand after the game
IndyStar.com | Griffin can do more than just dunk | Pacers Insider | The Indianapolis Star
Mike Wells breaks down the diversity of Griffin's game