We all know what Blake Griffin can do. We've seen him leap over defenders and throw down dunks so powerful that we have to go back to Shaq's early days for a comparison. We've already been amazed at the sheer athleticism and freak-of-nature skill set that's made him one of the best young players in the game and so fun to watch.
We've never seen him do this, though.
Griffin went off for a career-high 47 points in the Clippers' win against Indiana. After Monday's game, Griffin's now averaging 22.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, not bad for a player technically playing his "rookie" year on a bad team. But perhaps just as impressive as the feat itself is how Griffin did it. You'll notice on the highlight reel that there are no monster dunks, no leaping over people.
Instead, there's Griffin using crossovers and making strong moves to the hoop. There's Griffin fighting through arms and big men to finish strong and draw fouls for an and-one. There's Griffin being a dominant force on the boards, grabbing offensive rebounds left and right. There's Griffin making lay-up moves that we've only seen from guys named Bryant and Iverson. There's even Griffin showing off his outside game by stepping out and hitting fadeaway jumpers.
Either way, 47 points is 47 points, no matter how you slice it. And regardless of what the Clippers' record is this season, Griffin's done more than just be one of the most exciting young players in the league. He's given the Clippers and their fans hope for the first time in a long time.
Not bad for a rookie.