There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
After winning the award for three consecutive weeks, Durant has finally been dethroned.
Los Angeles Clippers’ power forward Blake Griffin had arguably the best individual week of his career and he takes home the honor this week.
On Saturday night, Griffin’s Clippers took down the Utah Jazz 102-87. Griffin shot just nine-of-19 from the field, but still managed to score 25 points, pull down 11 rebounds and dish out four assists in just 35 minutes. He was aggressive, getting to the free throw line 12 times, knocking down seven.
On Monday night, the Clippers his the road to take on the Denver Nuggets. Randy Foye’s three-pointer at the buzzer that gave the Nuggets a 116-115 was the story, but the dominant performance of the night belonged to Griffin. He scored 36 points on 12-of-21 shooting and went 10-of-16 from the free throw line. He grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out five assists and recorded a steal.
The Clippers welcomed the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night and both teams put on a show. Behind 31 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and three steals from LeBron James, the Heat held off a furious fourth quarter rally to win 116-112. Griffin shot under 50.0%, going 16-of-34 from the field, but when you take into account that Chris Paul and J.J. Redick missed the game and Griffin was the focal point of the offense, his 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists become even more impressive.
Griffin’s Clippers ended the week on a high note, defeating the Toronto Raptors 118-105 on Friday night. Griffin played just 28 minutes because the Clippers got out to such a big lead early on, mostly thanks to Griffin. He scored 36 points on 13-of-18 shooting, went 10-of-13 from the free throw line, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out two assists, recorded a steal and blocked a shot.
For the week, Griffin averaged 35.0 points, 11.25 rebounds, and 4.25 assists per game this week.
On the season, Griffin is now averaging 23.9 point, 9.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has helped the Clippers to a 12-6 record with the game’s best point guard, Chris Paul, out of the lineup.