Posted by: Jeremy | February 20, 2011

Griffin turns in a nice performance, fix and all

The lasting image of the 2011 Dunk Contest

Sure, Blake Griffin’s over-the-Kia clincher last night may have been a little overrated, but it’s good entertainment and that’s why he’s the winner of the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk. Oh yeah, going up against a washout like JaVale McGee in the final doesn’t hurt, either.

As expected, Griffin stole the NBA’s collective heart last night, even if it took an average of 18 attempts to pull off both his first round dunks before getting them right. Also, never mind that his second dunk was a ripoff of DeMar DeRozan’s first, and although slightly less spectacular, pulled off a higher score to get him through and send DeRozan home. Pair that with last year’s unjustly defeat at the little hands of Nate Robinson and it’s two straight seasons of robbery in the event for DeMar. As if the guy is subjected to losing enough playing for the Raptors, hey?

Aside from the Toronto snub, it was a fine All-Star Saturday Night in Los Angeles. Along with Griffin’s win, Stephen Curry edged Russell Westbrook in the Skills Challenge and James Jones held off Paul Pierce and Ray Allen in the Three-Point Shootout, presumably because Kevin Garnett wasn’t able to get on the court to tap him in the groin while he was competing.

The league has one more night of fun on tap, with the actual All-Star Game going tonight at 8:00 from Staples Center.



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