Well, that didn't go as planned.
With less than two seconds remaining on the shot clock in the third quarter of Golden State's rare dominance of the Los Angeles Clippers, Blake Griffin threw up a three-point attempt from the pocket. The result was less than inspiring, although Griffin did manage to hit the basket.
The side of it.
Griffin's ill-fated attempt led to a celebration that made it appear as if the NBA Finals had just been won. Instead, it was just the Golden State Warriors bench that erupted in a taunting manner.
The funniest part about Griffin's mishap is the fact that it perpetuates the stereotype that he can't shoot. The truth of the matter is he can.
Griffin is hitting 39.7 percent of his mid-range jump shots.
Unfortunately, this one is what folks will remember from this matchup—that and the fact that David Lee outplayed Griffin by a wide margin.
David Lee is making Blake Griffin look BAD— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) January 3, 2013
Griffin finished with 10 points and six rebounds on 2-of-11 shooting. Lee tallied 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists on 9-of-16 shooting.
Call it what you want, but Lee out-dueled Griffin Wednesday night.
As for Griffin's tendency to overact on fouls, Golden State head coach Mark Jackson had the following to say. This comes via Antonio Gonzalez of the Associated Press:
Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Blake Griffin's antics: "He's a great actor. I've seen those Kia commercials."— Antonio Gonzalez (@agonzalezAP) January 3, 2013
When you win, you can talk some trash. Even if you are the coach.