first_imgBlake Griffin shot a combined 3 of 12 his first two games back after missing the previous 45, then shot 5 of 10 during a 91-81 victory over the Lakers on Wednesday.Griffin sat out Friday at Utah, then began Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks by shooting 2 of 11 in the first half.Certainly, the Clippers (52-28) are going to need Griffin to shoot well in the postseason, so this could be worrisome.Well, Griffin rebounded to shoot 5 of 7 in the second half in the Clippers’ 98-91 victory. Griffin scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and doled out seven assists in his best game since his return. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Griffin was philosophical about his overall effort during 33-plus minutes, his longest stint since coming back April 3.“I definitely want to do better from the field,” he said. “But the great thing about it is that now is a good time to get that out. I always want to pass the ball, rebound, play defense. So hopefully, when the shot is not falling — because it will — even when you are in great rhythm, you can lean on those other things.”Griffin also talked about rolling to the basket in the second half rather than settling for jump shots. He had two strong moves that resulted in baskets 38 seconds apart early in the third quarter.Griffin is now 15 of 40 (37.5 percent) in four games. He apparently appreciated the rah-rah stuff his teammates gave him at the break.“At halftime, I cannot tell you how many guys came up to me and said ‘Keep shooting, keep shooting,’” he said. “It is great to have that type of encouragement. But at the same time, when you feel like you are 1 for 20 at halftime, it is hard to have that mind-set.center_img “So it was kind of like a test for me to come out and be aggressive and try to see it go through before I kept shooting.”Griffin did have four of the team’s 11 turnovers Sunday, but he also had two steals.Jordan’s synopsisCenter DeAndre Jordan had a different spin on Griffin, and it centered on the amount of minutes he played. “This is obviously one of the games that Blake Griffin has played the most minutes in,” Jordan said. “So just him being able to get rhythm and be able to actually get tired out there on the floor is something that I feel is going to be good for him and our team. Him being more aggressive, taking more shots, getting involved in more shots through his passing. Just him being aggressive on both ends of the floor was really good for us.”Griffin’s previous high in minutes since coming back was 25.Playoffs nearThe Clippers, who have won five consecutive games, will play host to Memphis (42-38) on Tuesday (on TNT) at Staples Center, then finish out the regular season Wednesday at Phoenix (22-58).Entrenched in fourth place in the West, the Clippers still don’t know who they will play in the first round, though Memphis is a possibility. With two games left, the Grizzlies (42-38) are a half-game behind fifth-place Portland (43-38).Regardless, reserve forward Wes Johnson is about to start cramming for the test.“We have to buckle down and pay attention to detail,” he said. “I need to study, study the opponents, study their plays and study their personnel.”last_img read more