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2014 All-Star Profile: Blake Griffin

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Somewhere between the time he jumped “over” a kia in 2011 and Chris Paul separated his shoulder on January 3rd, Blake Griffin’s game was taken for granted. Not his highlights, of course. The jaw-dropping dunks that made Griffin a superstar his rookie year came more frequently than ever. But the crux behind his eroding reputation as a player had as much to do with those posterizations and alley-oops as any sudden deficiencies. Was Griffin, he of dropping raw statistics for consecutive seasons, really much more than the league’s best dunker?

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2014 All-Star Profiles: Dwight Howard

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The 80 games Dwight Howard spent under the glowing lights of Tisel Town were a raging disappointment. Here was someone who was supposed to be the next Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; the next Shaquille O'Neal; the next all-time Laker great. He was supposed to lead the men in purple and gold to great things - championship things - alongside Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.