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Blake Griffin: Botched Dunk Attempts Are Apparently Highlights These Days

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers attempts a shot in front of Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 113-108 Laker win at Staples Center on April 4, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Holly MacKenzieNBA Lead BloggerApril 13, 2012

There's been a lot of talk about Blake Griffin lately.

His dunks, his flops, his personality. The good, the bad and what has been considered annoying.

Last night, the NBA's official YouTube channel posted a Griffin video, but it wasn't the traditional highlight we've grown accustomed to seeing. Instead of a Griffin slam, we were treated to a blown dunk attempt. Wait...what? 

Why would the league post a video of a Griffin miss rather than one of his made baskets on a night where he finished with 19 points and 13 boards in a 95-82 victory over Timberwolves

It was a strange move. Their description of the video read: "Check out Blake Griffin in the open floor as he goes up for the wide open dunk but can't convert in a rare miss above the rim!"

Maybe we've gotten to the point where the league has recognized that they need to temper the Griffin hype so that we can all rein ourselves in from our tendency to hate on anything that's popular and appreciate him instead.

It's funny that this is where we are: posting video of blown dunks because we're so used to the highlight play from Griffin. It's a testament to Griffin's talent when his slip-ups are documented because they're so rare.

An unexpected highlight, but a welcome one. It's good to be reminded that we're all human. Even cyborg-like humans like Griffin.


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