Blake Griffin pulled Eric Bledsoe aside at halftime of the Clippers' loss in Portland on Saturday and told the third-year guard he needed him to be more vocal on offense.

Bledsoe, the Clippers' point guard the last four games while star Chris Paul is out with a bruised right kneecap, promptly responded, according to Griffin, with eight points and sharp play in the third quarter. He also put together a five-assist, no-turnover game the next night in L.A.



"That's something that he's not used to doing," Griffin said after the Clippers' practice Tuesday. "Ever since then, he's been doing a great job."

Bledsoe said Tuesday he's still learning what he has to do to help his teammates.

"There's no question: As a point guard, I definitely gotta be more vocal, not only on the offensive end but the defensive end as well," Bledsoe said. "It helps everyone else lock in and helps the game go more smoothly."