Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is a man on a mission this year. Following the departure of Chris Paul, he's determined to take on a leadership role for his team.
He's willing to do that in any way possible and in the early part of the season, he's doing it with his performances on the court.
The Clippers have started the year undefeated with a 3-0 record and secured their third straight blowout win by overcoming the Utah Jazz 102-84 at Staples Center last night.
After losing to the same team in the playoffs, the L.A. based outfit had a point to prove and were keen to put their opponents to the sword.
They were certainly playing with an extra motivation and Griffin displayed this perfectly by producing the play of the night.
After receiving the ball from Patrick Beverley, the power forward found himself in a mismatch with Ricky Rubio and after backing the smaller guard down he turned the corner and darted to the rim where he unleashed a thunderous dunk over Jazz center Rudy Gobert.
This was last season's Defensive Player of the Year runner-up and arguably the best shot blocker in the league today and Blake planted him on a poster.
If the dunk wasn't bad enough, Griffin even hung on the rim for a few seconds to add insult to injury and it inevitably led to hilarious reactions and memes on social media.
The best reaction definitely came from DeAndre Jordan, though, who knows a thing or two about posterising players.
In just three games, Blake has now produced two contenders for dunk of the year. In the season-opener, he also put Julius Randle on a poster with this nasty slam:
As well as the amazing play, the 28-year-old was the best player on the court as he produced a nice all-round display.
He finished with a game-high 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists in 37 minutes of action.
The five-time All-Star once again led the team in scoring but he believes their versatility is already shining through to begin the campaign.
"It's versatility," he said. "I think that's our calling card this year. We're going to do a lot of things by committee. Defensively we can get stops and offensively we have a lot of guys who can make plays and finish."
With the All-NBA forward expanding his game in recent years to shoot more three-pointers and mid-range jumpers, as well as his injury problems, some have questioned whether he still has his hops and can dunk on opponents.
He's answered that emphatically already and he can potentially have his own highlight reel at the end of the year and compete with himself for dunk of the year.News Now - Sport News