Griffin and Jackson bring cringe comedy to the Pistons.
The Blake Griffin-Reggie Jackson dynamic was noticeably off a week ago, when after a close Pistons win, Griffin gave a dreary postgame interview. He noted the team’s lack of focus down the stretch, and it was a serious showing of his frustration.
Then Jackson walked through the middle of Griffin and the reporter as a joke, and it was really, really awkward.
The awkwardness back.
In a one-point game, with seven minutes left against the Mavericks on Thursday night, Griffin and Jackson tossed the ball back and forth nine times in 13 seconds, daring one another to shoot. Except neither did, and Griffin was called for a three-second violation.
It was truly mesmerizing.
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Jackson passed up three semi-clean attempts at a three-point shot and Griffin performed precisely zero post moves in nine consecutive touches. NINE!
1. Griffin dribbles to the block
OK, normal possession.
2. Jackson catches above the three-point line
OK, assess the area. Don’t want to force anything.
3. Back to Griffin in the post
Go ahead Blake, go make your move.
4. Back to Jackson at the three-point line
You can shoot if you want, Reggie. You have space.
5. Back to Griffin in the post
All good, Blake’s got this.
6. Back to Jackson at the three-point line
Time to swing the ball around. Blake doesn’t have this. Wait, Regg—
7. Back to Griffin in the post
Shoot the dang ball, Blake. Spin and dunk. Do something.
8. Back to Jackson at the three-point line
We’re not really doing this again are we?
9. The FINAL Griffin back to the post
Yikes. When the chemistry is off between these two, it’s really off. It’s hard to watch.