Blake Griffin Unwilling to Back Down
Through the series’ first three games, (Blake) Griffin had sometimes struggled against the Grizzlies’ 260-pound forward Zach Randolph and 7-foot-1 center Marc Gasol. Griffin’s post game appeared limited and his poor free-throw shooting only complicated matters.
“My game has a lot of improvement that is left to be made,” Griffin said. “I don’t ever want to feel that I don’t have anything to prove. This year, especially, I felt there was a drive inside of me where I really needed to step up in a bigger way to help my team actually win some games.”
Randolph put Griffin to the test in Game 4. The two tussled late in the second quarter after Gasol fouled Clippers forward Reggie Evans. After Randolph again became entangled with Griffin a couple minutes later, he chest-bumped Griffin, drawing a technical, then tossed his headband to the court in frustration after he was subbed out.
“He’s playing physical,” Randolph said. “He’s a strong, young kid.”