With smoke from a pregame laser show still lingering inside Staples Center and the 90-second countdown to tipoff ticking, Blake Griffin made his way down the scorer’s table towards center court. He paused briefly before wiping his feet on an adhesive mat on the floor where player’s customarily check into the game and stared into the mishmash of red, blue, purple and gold that filled the arena bowl. The look lasted a second or two. He nodded, continued wiping his feet and pounded his right fist against the red padding atop the table.
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