Boston was out-played, out-dunked, out-ran, out-assisted, and out-styled by the Los Angeles Clippers. But the C’s were not out-hustled, no, they gave the swank “Lob City” everything they could handle except a loss. Boston made an aggressive comeback attempt in the third quarter and overtook the lead that L.A. held most of the game.
But then something happened.
No, it wasn’t a power outage nor was it a overzealous fan running onto the court nor was it a meteor that came crashing through the roof of the Staples Center. Even though to one Celtic it may have felt like meteor landed on top of him. It was just another case of that ol’ Blake Griffin Show.
The C’s just went up by one with 4:13 left in the third quarter, and the Clips came down with the ball. They got into their set and Jamal Crawford was handling the ball. Crawford dribbled from the left elbow toward the baseline and he bounced a pass between two Celtics to a streaking Griffin, who took flight nearly as soon as he touched the ball.
It was clear that Griffin was aiming to attack the rim with malice and if anyone dare try to prevent such a decision……..well.
Kris Humphries was the aforementioned Celtic that appeared to be just hanging out in the lane (uh, I don’t know why with a comet like Blake flying in the vicinity) when……
KA – BOOM!
Blake dropped the same hammer that he dropped on Timofey Mozgov as a N.Y.Knick. Yes, it was THAT one.
Boston was shaken but not stirred. They continued to pushed the tempo and pressed on defense; showing a lot of heart. The fourth quarter rolled in and the C’s trailed by six.
With ten minutes remaining in the game, Jared Sullinger was whistled for a flagrant foul 1 on Blake Griffin (that’s probably the only way to ground Blake). After that, it was inexorable.
The C’s played with heart but on this night, heart was eCLIPSed by flair.