March 8, 2018, 12:48 amBlake GriffinPF, Detroit Pistons
Blake Griffin led the charge in Wednesday’s 121-119 overtime loss, dropping 31 points (12-of-21 shooting), three rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and three triples against the Raptors.
Griffin just took control in the second half, having his way with the Raptors frontcourt after Serge Ibaka got himself tossed. His defenders were either too slow or too thin to hang and bang with Blake, who hit a clutch three from straightaway center late in the fourth to knot the game while hitting the game-tying bucket on the final true possession of regulation. Both teams threw the ball away a few times with under a second left but the less said about that, the better. Griffin did get a favorable whistle against younger defenders but went 4-of-8 from the line, as those sorts of things tend to even out. Ultimately, he put the team on his back with his brand of mid-range bully ball and backed his way to the rack with impunity. Griffin missed a triple for the win at the end of overtime as the Pistons fell a little further out of the playoff chase, and this was a game that could come back to haunt them over the offseason.