At 6-foot-10, 251 pounds, he doesn't have the typical dimensions of a great facilitator, but
Griffin is so good at running the offense that Clippers' Coach
Said Rivers: "Without Chris on the floor, Blake's our point guard. Everybody else is just guards."
Griffin finished with 13 assists, more than twice as many as any of his teammates, in the Clippers' 117-101 win over the Rockets. Oh, and he also had game-highs in both points (26) and rebounds (14).
Sure, Griffin is not perfect at playing Paul — the power forward finished with five turnovers. But then again Rockets guard
Griffin said that with Paul out, he knew he'd have to step up in multiple areas, not just with his passing.
"I mean with CP, obviously besides his on-court production, you miss his leadership and his talks, and that void needs to be filled — but I kind of have to do it in my own way," Griffin said. "I can't emulate Chris, but everybody just responded, everybody was talking tonight, everybody was filling that void."
Ahhh, he's even learned the jargon of a real point guard — refusing to take any of the credit.
Rivers called Griffin's play "sensational," though he did have one complaint.
"It's funny, I got on him because he started doing the Chris thing," Rivers said. "He stopped looking to score and I told him at one point, 'We need you to do everything,' and he did it.'"