Amare on facing Griffin: 'It's going to be fun'

April, 25, 2012
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- It's a good thing Amare Stoudemire has gotten two games under his belt (with two more to go), so he's able to build some rhythm heading into the playoffs.

But there's another reason why: to get some defensive preparation in before facing the most electric and explosive dunker in the NBA, Blake Griffin, who arrives at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Stoudemire is entering dangerous territory tonight with the potential for posterization, but he's excited about the matchup.

"It's going to be fun," STAT said. "Blake is a friend of mine. He was at my basketball camp when he was in college, so it's good to see him doing great in the NBA."

Everyone remembers what Griffin did to former Knicks center and current Nugget Timofey Mozgov on Nov. 20, 2010, in Los Angeles. This season, he made Thunder center Kendrick Perkins look foolish for jumping into the path of Griffin's monster jam on Jan. 30, 2012, which is arguably the best one of the season. (Click here to check out both of them.) And there have been plenty of others, maybe not as extreme.

Overall, the Clippers have definitely lived up to their "Lob City" nickname this season. While Griffin leads the league with 190 dunks, center DeAndre Jordan is in third place with 139 -- just three dunks behind Dwight Howard. Interestingly, Paul has recorded an assist on 81 of Griffin’s dunks this season, which is by far the highest number of dimes that's led to a teammate’s dunks in single campaign.

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