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Griffin's rapid rise stalled by his shot

Explosive start to Blake Griffin's career hindered by his lack of offensive refinement

Originally Published: March 1, 2012
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

Chris Paul is never one to miss an open teammate. So when asked for his first-half MVP pick last week, Paul quickly lobbed one up for his new pick-and-roll partner.

"Blake," Paul said, nudging his head ever so slightly in Blake Griffin's direction. "I'd give it to Blake."

It's hard to argue with most basketball-related decisions Paul makes. But ever the dutiful point guard, his response seemed more like an attempt to spread around the spotlight just like he does shot opportunities. ...

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