Over on the TrueHoop blog at ESPN, Kevin Arnovitz checks in with the young star Griffin on how his fourth season is developing and the changes that he and the team are undertaking.
On his iPad, Griffin reviewed a catalog of defensive possessions from the game in Houston just hours before, a 107-94 Clippers win. Every two minutes or so, Griffin came across a snippet that either signaled progress or areas for improvement. He would pause the clip, rewind, then play it back for DeAndre Jordan, sometimes more than once. After the viewing, they’d exchange thoughts about the play. Were the two big men in the right spot as the play materialized? Was the timing of their rotation precise? And if not, was it because someone was late to anticipate the action, or was the mistake a result of bad communication, or was it just a busted play?
It’s not as if Griffin has never watched film on a team flight or bus ride, but studying occupies a more prominent place in the daily culture of the team this season. A botched defensive possession is now something that warrants the interruption of a card game for a quick chat.
“This is something that’s evolved,” Griffin said. “And we take a lot of pride in that.”
Extra Griffin gem: today he joined Jay Mohr on AM570 to chat all things Clippers.