08:23 AM ET 10.15 | Impressive numbers aside -- 24 points, 14 boards -- Thursday night, merely playing basketball has Blake Griffin encouraged. "Last year, 41 times, I drove to the arena and put on a suit and sat and watched," he said. "So to actually be back and play is awesome. I think it's going to be a fun year." Griffin amended that last statement right away, saying: "It is going to be a fun year with the way we play. Fans will have things to look forward to." ... Before the game, the Nuggets' Kenyon Martin was talking to Denver Post reporter Benjamin Hochman about Griffin. "He's crazy-athletic, plays hard, plays the game the right way," Martin said. "That's what I love about him."