We were among the offenders…
Can he still dunk? For reference, Blake hasn’t dunked in an NBA game in 464 days (and counting!).
That’s what we wrote back on March 20. One day later…
BlAkE gRiFfIn DoEsNt DuNk AnYmOrE pic.twitter.com/dKjuwyoI7z
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) March 22, 2021
And it turns out, Griffin was irked by all that talk about dunk-less days, as he told “The Old Man and The Three” podcast with JJ Redick and Tommy Alter.
“It bothered me a little bit,” he said. “Because the stat was he hasn’t dunked in four-hundred-something days, sure.”
Griffin argued, forcefully, that there were extenuating circumstances that pundits (and addition freaks) should have considered, like that he didn’t play in the Orlando “bubble” in the 2019 and underwent two knee surgeries.
“Everyone’s like ‘he hasn’t dunked in over a year,’ I’m like I haven’t played in over a year,” he told Redick and Alter. “But I played those 19 games with the Pistons and didn’t dunk. That just pissed me off because you guys know the stat, you’re just choosing to be like ‘let’s do days instead of games.’”
After that first dunk, accompanied by a guttural exclamation, a Griffin slam was no big deal. He may not have the same elevation he had in “Lob City” but the 32-year-old can still get up. As we noted later in the season, somewhat apologetically…
Blake Griffin no longer dunks. He slams.
— NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) May 13, 2021
By season’s end, the data was there for all, including Piston fans, to see…
Blake Griffin had 0 dunks across 20 games and 626 minutes with the Detroit Pistons
He had 26 dunks across 38 games and 978 minutes with the Brooklyn Nets
Per Basketball Reference
— Jackson Lloyd (@JLloyd952) August 30, 2021
One of those dunks was against the Pistons when Griffin returned to Detroit on March 27. It was his first appearance since he was bought out for almost $60 million. Griffin exploded for 17 points in 20 minutes. As he ran up the court, a smiling Griffin exploded, ‘I’ve still got it,’ Indeed, he does.
Griffin spoke as well in the podcast about how unstoppable Kevin Durant is an offensive player.
“Honestly he does stuff all the time where you’re just like … what? Why would he just? The stuff that’s most impressive to me is the dribble dribble pull up midrange with a hand in his face and just hit it — He’s just so unaffected by any defender. I have never seen a player be less affected by somebody than Kevin Durant.”
- Blake Griffin Says Narrative About Him Not Dunking with Pistons ‘Pissed Me off’ – Scott Polacek – Bleacher Report