Although the results were mixed, the Clippers learned to play together without Blake Griffin while he was sidelined for 14 games because of a sprained left knee. They won six games without Griffin, their leading scorer and their second-leading rebounder and playmaker.
If there were any questions about whether they could play with him again after his return to the lineup, they were answered in no uncertain terms during victories Sunday over the Charlotte Hornets and Friday over the Lakers that extended their winning streak to three games.
In fact, it seemed to be a seamless transition.
Griffin and Lou Williams led the Clippers’ offensive charge in each game. Griffin scored 24 points in his return to the starting lineup Friday and Williams had 40 points in a reserve role Sunday, the most points scored by a backup in the NBA this season.
Griffin praised Williams’ all-around game.
“He’s been unbelievable for us,” Griffin said. “I knew he could score and all that, but he’s been better than advertised in my opinion. The thing that surprised me, too, I had a lot of respect for him as a player, I didn’t know he was as good of a passer as he is. He scores the ball with ease, obviously. (Sunday) is another example, but it never seems like he forces stuff.
“He’s always in control, which is impressive.”
Griffin, a power forward, averages 5.1 assists and Williams, a shooting guard, averages 4.8. Only point guard Milos Teodosic averages more (5.3 assists) than Griffin and Williams going into Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.
Blake Griffin, Lou Williams click together to form Clippers’ one-two punch
Orange County Register | Jan 2