According to the NBA, Blake Griffin has been awarded Player of the Month for February, an award that Kevin Durant had won every month up until now.
Here is what the NBA had to say on Griffin’s accomplishment via press release:
Among Western Conference players, Griffin ranked third in scoring (30.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (10.7 rpg), and was one of only two players in the league to average at least 30.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for the month. He recorded eight point-rebound double-doubles, and extended his career-best streak of 20-plus-point games to 19. In a 116-112 loss to Miami Feb. 5, Griffin recorded 43 points, 15 rebounds and six assists.
Though Blake’s numbers were among the best in his conference, one would like to think that his stretch without Chris Paul is what won him the award. While Chris Paul was out nursing a shoulder injury, Griffin averaged 38 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. This capped off the best month in Griffin’s four-year NBA career.
In the month of February Griffin lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 7-4 record, the fourth best record in the Western Conference during that period behind the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Dallas Mavericks.
Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Damian Lillard, Patrick Mills, Goran Dragic, and Clippers reserve guard Jamal Crawford were also nominated for Player of the Month in the Western Conference. Lebron James of the Miami was awarded Player of the Month for the Eastern Conference.