Brooklyn Nets Star Blake Griffin Reveals How He Was ‘Bothered’ About His Non Dunking Stat

Published 09/10/2021, 1:00 AM EDT
Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Blake Griffin (2) controls the ball against Milwaukee Bucks center Bobby Portis (9) as Bucks power forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) looks on during the first quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Brooklyn Nets’ Blake Griffin made a significant impact right away as he started at center. Not only could he shoot the ball, but he also did a good job spacing the floor. However, he took everyone by shock by doing something he hadn’t done in a while.

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Blake is a former Dunk contest champion. Hence, when he did not have a single dunk in over a year, fans thought he was falling off his peak. But, he took everyone by shock because he scored his first points as a Net with a dunk. While on The Old Man and The Three, he spoke about his non-dunking stat.

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Blake Griffin was pi**ed off

Before joining the Nets, a crazy stat came out over Griffin. The stat said that Blake had not had a dunk in 464 days. For fans, this came as an absolute shock, but Griffin explained it really well. He spoke about how they decided to take the stats in days rather than games.

Blake said: “It bothered me a little bit. Because the stat was he hasn’t dunked in 400 and something days.” When Reddick took note that he didn’t take part in the bubble, the Brooklyn Nets star replied:

“I also had surgery in January. I played my last game with the Pistons before the pandemic hit in like December 20th, something like that…28th of 2019. And then we didn’t go to the bubble. So I didn’t play again till December 24th of 2020. There was like he hasn’t dunked in over a year, I was like I haven’t played in over a year. But, then yeah, I played those 19 games with the Pistons where I didn’t dunk. That just pi**ed me off because it’s just like you guys know the stat, you just choosing to be like ‘let’s do days instead of games’.”

Mar 21, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets power forward Blake Griffin (2) reacts with shooting guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This clears up a lot because the stat doesn’t seem as bad when put in terms of games. However, when and how did Blake Griffin break the streak?

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Blake became one of the popular free agents to sign with Brooklyn last season. However, since he hadn’t dunked, fans did not expect a lot from the forward- if only they knew what he had in store for them…

In his debut for the Brooklyn Nets, he suited up against Washington. Griffin started the game strong with great defensive efforts. But, in the 4th quarter, he ended the streak and scored a dunk. This was the first time anyone had seen him dunk since 2019.

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Likewise, his team was charged up after the dunk. Griffin finished the game with 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block in 15 minutes.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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