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Blake Griffin And The Quest For 1,000 Rebounds

By all accounts, Blake Griffin has had a fantastic rookie season. He has made the Clippers, a perennial NBA doormat, a must-see team. He already owns the Los Angeles Clippers record for rebounds in a season, and that's everyone, not just rookies. Griffin had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday night's loss in Oklahoma City, pushing his season rebound total to 960.

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The Clippers last had a 1,000-rebound season in 1980-1981, when Swen Nater cleaned the glass while the team was in San Diego. Nater had three four-digit rebound seasons for the Clippers, and is one of three players in franchise history to grab 1,000 rebounds:

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1,000 Rebound Seasons, Clippers Franchise History
Player Season Team Rebounds RPG
Swen Nater1980-81SD1,01712.4
Swen Nater1979-80SD1,21615.0
Swen Nater1977-78Buf1,02913.2
Bob McAdoo
1974-75Buf1,15514.1
Bob McAdoo1973-74Buf1,11715.1
Elmore Smith
1971-72Buf1,18415.2
Source: Basketball-Reference.com
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Griffin has three games remaining, and needs 40 boards, and average of 13.3 per game, to reach 1,000. Here are Griffin's rebound totals against the remaining Clippers schedule:

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  • Dallas: three games, 12.3 rpg
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  • Houston: three games, 14.3 rpg
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  • Memphis: three games, 11.3 rpg
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It looks like Griffin has his work cut out for him to reach the 1,000-rebound plateau. He might need a Michael Cage-type effort on the season's final day to reach that milestone.

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