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Is this Blake Griffin's last chance to win people over?


It can make you feel like you are on top of the world for one minute, but then, as soon as people move on to the next big thing, you are essentially rendered irrelevant, and that has to hurt.


And yet, Griffin has plummeted into the depths of NBA irrelevancy, going from one of the league’s top upcoming stars to a guy you nary hear a peep about.


It’s a real shame, too, because back in 2015 when Blake was hitting his peak, he was a playoff monster, averaging 25.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, 6.1 assists, a steal and a block per game in the Clippers’ 14-game postseason that famously ended in a seven-game second-round loss to the Houston Rockets , where Los Angeles blew a 3-1 series lead.


Now, they are rearing their ugly heads again, and it is coming at the worst possible time with Game 1 of Detroit’s first-round playoff series with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks looming on Sunday evening.


These are all criticisms that Griffin has heard throughout his career, and when you had “injury prone” on top of that, it makes the casual fan (and even many diehards) merely cast his name aside when talking about the best players in the NBA.


But the mere mention of the name “Blake Griffin” elicits groans and snickers rather than praise and reverence, and the fact that no one is even talking about his presence in this upcoming playoff series demonstrates just how far he has fallen in the public view.






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