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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #90 on: October 01, 2022, 03:38:33 AM »

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The Boston Celtics have reportedly cut camp invitee Denzel Valentine to make room for their signing of veteran big man Blake Griffin according to new reporting from The Athletic NBA insiders Jared Weiss and Shams Charania.

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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #91 on: October 01, 2022, 08:04:21 AM »

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Griffin > Jabari.

Griffin >  Enes.

Just based on that the Celtics are already better as a team.

He cannot switch on defense or defend the perimeter. However, he ranked very high in stats as an interior defender last season. As a back up center for 10-15 minutes until TL returns he should be fine.

Interestingly, Griffin, White, and Smart all are very good at taking charges.

He did start 20 games last season (for a playoff team, I guess.)

An all right pick setter, and occasional roller.

I have no trouble with this signing and whoever is bumped from the team is not really NBA material anyway.

Can he shoot the 3-ball well is the other question  ;)
He was never a great three point shooter but shot 34% for the 5-6 years prior to last year.
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #92 on: October 01, 2022, 08:23:15 AM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #93 on: October 01, 2022, 08:32:41 AM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #94 on: October 01, 2022, 08:53:18 AM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(
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From the same source: Al Horford at 12.2% and Kyle Lowry at 85.7%, so I don't know what this means.

Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #95 on: October 01, 2022, 09:03:19 AM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(
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From the same source: Al Horford at 12.2% and Kyle Lowry at 85.7%, so I don't know what this means.

I would say no, but...

Consider what it would do for his chances if the C's won the title and he was able to come through as a productive rotation player that held up under pressure.


Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #96 on: October 02, 2022, 09:18:05 AM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(

I think he's had too many injuries to be a realistic candidate. But I don't vote  :angel:
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #97 on: October 02, 2022, 10:49:18 AM »

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I think he works well as the guy who can help reduce Horford's regular season minutes.   He clearly would be a better fit playing Horford's defensive role the Rob Williams.    And early in the season,  can Horford play more time as the roomer position that Rob plays while Blake bodies up the biggest man.   
Less switching 1-5.   Maybe just1-4

If he playing in the playoffs, the Celtics may be in trouble.
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #98 on: October 02, 2022, 11:35:03 AM »

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Griffin was an all-star level player 4 years ago. Then he had knee problems that left him in a state where he couldn't even dunk during game action for quite some time. It seemed to me that his conditioning gradually improved through last year to the point where, while he was no longer an athletic big, but he got back some of that mobility, and could compete physically. He finally started dunking again later in the year.

A small improvement in his conditioning would be a big deal here. He's hasn't put on many miles in the last 4 years, and he plays with intelligence. He's never going to be a star again, he might surprise some people if he has applied himself to getting ready. With a bit of luck, it's possible he could be a useful rotation big.

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« Reply #99 on: October 02, 2022, 11:50:05 AM »

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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #100 on: October 02, 2022, 08:14:56 PM »

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Is Blake a Hall if Famer?? :(
After he wins a Finals MVP here this season with a crazy vintage Finals series, maybe

Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #101 on: October 03, 2022, 01:08:36 PM »

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Griffin on #Celtics atmosphere: “The amount of maturity and welcoming. It’s a different atmosphere that I’m sort of used to, in a good way. Practice was focused, very encouraging and helpful. You don’t take that for granted because it’s not always the case everywhere you go”

That's cool to hear.  Glad he feels welcome.
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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #102 on: October 03, 2022, 01:17:10 PM »

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Blake Griffin will be the first player in Boston Celtics history to wear #91.


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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #103 on: October 03, 2022, 01:30:42 PM »

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Blake Griffin will be the first player in Boston Celtics history to wear #91.

Still need 92, 95, & 96 then we have all the 90s covered.


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Re: Celtics Sign Blake Griffin
« Reply #104 on: October 03, 2022, 01:34:43 PM »

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Before we signed him, he was not really on my radar.  I was thinking of about 5 other vet bigs before him.  But now that we have him, I am pretty happy with it (yes, classic fan reaction).  I don't really see him as any better or worse than say Cousins or Howard in terms of pure basketball but he always plays with heart and without baggage and that tends to be contagious (as is the opposite).  His comments further this.  He just wants to play basketball.

I felt that conditioning was an issue in the playoffs last season.  He could play well for 5 minutes and then was gassed.  We may not need much more than that from him, at least once RWill is back.  He is 33 with 12 seasons of mileage.  His minutes will have to be heavily managed but that is OK for what his expected role is on the team.

Looking forward to seeing him play.