By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
More than a year after Blake Griffin was the 2009 top overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, he finally made his NBA debut.
The Oklahoma graduate, who spent last year shelved after knee surgery, had 20 points and 14 rebounds (nine offensive) in Wednesday night’s 98-88 loss to the Portland Trailblazers.
Griffin’s play gave Clippers fans something to finally cheer about.
The game didn’t start easily for Griffin. He took two fouls early in the first quarter and needed a break. But Griffin, who finished with four fouls, also didn’t play with a man worried about making contact. He was aggressive and visibly disappointed with himself when he missed a shot or made a mistake.
Griffin has 378 basketball cards, including 142 autographs, 175 memorabilia and 26 Rookie Cards. His cards have gone up price, according to Beckett.com price trends, in the last month. Collectors seemed to be anticipating his debut.
His cards are at their highest right now and if he continues his opening night play, Griffin’s cards will become more desirable.