Blake Griffin is having a monster season, and he’s probably the biggest reason the Clippers are likely to go deep into the playoffs.
Griffin though isn’t buying all the hype about the improvements in his game. Griffin’s name has been thrown around in MVP conversation with LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Per the LA Times, Griffin is having not of that talk, and told media outlets that he doesn’t feel he’s an MVP candidate.
Do you feel you are at an MVP status based on your recent accomplishments and performances for the Clippers?
“Naw, I think the MVP race is a two-man race,” Griffin responded.
“This stretch of games that we’ve played, we’ve been successful,” said Griffin, who was named the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA on Monday for the week of March 10-16. “It’s been a huge team effort. Jamal Crawford was playing out of his mind until he got hurt.
“Guys have stepped up and really done their part. So with our team, I don’t think it’s one guy that is making us go. I genuinely believe it’s been a total effort.”
It definitely is a two man race, and it’s not because Griffin hasn’t been producing monster numbers.
Entering Monday nights game against the Nuggets, Griffin was sixth in the NBA in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game.
He has scored 20-plus points in 26 consecutive games before the Clippers played the Nuggets, averaging 27.3 points on 55.2% shooting during that stretch.
He’s 13th in the league in rebounding, averaging 9.7 as well.