There was no questioning the health of Blake Griffin’s knees as he exploded toward the rim, grabbed Chris Paul’s pass with one hand and brought the crowd to its feet with a thunderous did-you-see-that dunk.
“When you’ve got to stop that…it’s hard,” Kenyon Martin said. “That’s what they’re looking for. They’re looking to get out and get the easy ones. That’s what they do.”
Blake’s feat was an awesome display of athleticism and power, two qualities missing from the Knicks lineup along with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. The game amounted to a Sunday walk in the park for the Clips, sprinkled in with a few obligatory highlight reel dunks.
The Clippers weren’t at their best, but with the Knicks undermanned and their morale low, Paul, Griffin and Co. cruised to a 93-80 victory.

The Knicks’ point total was fitting since Mike Woodson’s club has been outscored by a combined 80 points in its four losses on the West Coast trip, which concludes Monday night in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz. An 0-5 trip is very possible since Anthony, sidelined with a sore knee, and Chandler, nursing a bruised knee and sore neck, are both listed as questionable.
“It’s starting to take a toll on me mentally,” J.R. Smith said. “Losing like this and knowing the type of team we were in the beginning of the year. We have to keep fighting through it.”


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