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That’s the Clippers who look like a contender, win by 40 in rout of Warriors

Apr 22, 2014, 2:12 AM EDT

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Two Getty Images

After dropping Game 1, the feeling around the Clippers was more “that wasn’t us out there” than thinking they were in trouble and Game 2 was a must win. Even though it pretty much was.

Those Clippers that showed up on Monday night certainly were better than the ones from over the weekend — they had all their players on the court (no silly foul trouble), exploited mismatches, shared the ball and generally just looked dominant.

Los Angeles raced out to 15-4 lead, Golden State started the game shooting 2-of-11… and it pretty much continued like that for three-and-a-half more quarters. The Clippers reached Lawler’s Law — first team to 100 wins — before the end of the third quarter. The Clippers as a team shot 56.6 percent on the night. Look at it this way: Stephen Curry scored 20 third quarter points and the Clippers still expanded their lead by six. The fourth quarter was garbage time.

By the time it mercifully ended the Clippers on by 40, 138-98.

That evens the series at 1-1 heading up to Golden State for the next two. The only good news for the Warriors that it’s mentally easier to flush and move on from this kind of loss than it is a heartbreaking close one.

Clippers fans, don’t think this is a statement — playoff history is littered with teams that won in a blowout one game then lost the next one. If the Clippers want to make a statement they need to win Game 3 on the road in convincing fashion.

Tuesday night the Clippers stuck with many of their plans from Game 1 — defensively that meant get ball out of Curry’s hands. Smart plan. But in Game 1 Clippers did a terrible job of rotating after Curry’s pass, allowing Klay Thompson good looks from the outside and a host of backdoor cut layups. In Game 2 the Clippers kept up the pressure on Curry but made vastly better rotations that pressured the Warriors into turnovers — 26 turnovers. Also DeAndre Jordan had a much better game protecting the paint.

Offensively, Blake Griffin ate David Lee’s lunch. He was the bully. He was aggressive going to the rim (9-of-11 shooting inside 8 feet) and when the defense focused on him and doubled he moved the ball to the open man. Griffin had a career playoff high of 35 points, and he did it in 30 minutes of play, getting to rest the fourth.

Chris Paul had 12 points and 10 assists. Danny Granger had 15, Matt Barnes 13. The only Clipper not to score on the night was Ryan Hollins.

Golden State has to feel better that they are not going to shoot 4-of-19 from three again next game.

Stephen Curry, who finished with 24 points, was frustrated with the contact he absorbed and the lack of calls that he picked up a third quarter technical for throwing his mouthpiece at the scorers’ table. Jermaine O’Neal picked up a technical, too, as did Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers, when Rivers started jawing at O’Neal over his defensive tactics.

The Warriors still got a split, they go home with a chance in this series, Andrew Bogut or no (and it’s still no). That’s a good start, now they just need to find their game by Thursday night.

The Clippers just need more of the same, and more Blake Griffin.

  1. ranfan12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Tables were turned with no early foul trouble for griffin. Look at Deandre going 7-8 from the free throw line. Are you kidding me? Defense was something else that game

  2. jasonnbatalk - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    They should be up 2-0. Sad to see refs winning games for both Portland and GSW in game 1

  3. ufools - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Haha…Reggie Miller: “the Splash Twins look like the Dripping Twins”.

    Lets go get home court back….GO CLIPS!!

  4. progress2011 - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    1. NBA Refs have never decided games they’ve officiated

    2. NBA Refs have never bet on games they’ve called

    3. If a Ref would have provided sources with insider information the league didn’t attempt to cover for them

    4. If a Ref would have ultimately decided winners and losers, he would have absolutely been the only person to ever participate…..13 other Refs would not have been named in such a scandal!

    5. Such a SCANDAL would not have taken place only 6 seasons ago

    6. The officiating in the first two games of this series, were called fairly and two of the most important players (Griffin & Thompson) getting in early foul trouble, didn’t have anything to do with ensuring either team won.

    BUT watching both games, I’m certain I saw one of David Stern’s old friends in the stands…..I think his name is:
    Tim Donaghy

    Maybe we all could save ourselves A LOT of time, by just asking him – who will be crowned the 2014 NBA Champion because a NOVICE fan may claim a few of the calls have been questionable ……AT BEST!

    NOVICE FANS….believing what they see with their own eyes….hahahahaha

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      I’m not sure I follow.

      • progress2011 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Not intended for “Chirren”. Have yo momma decipher it for you, when you turn 18.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        18….I wish. Don’t be a tease! That’s way too many years ago.

        And “Chirren”?? I have no clue what that means, unless it’s some kind of derogatory use of the Japanese accent; to which I would say: Come on, man. You’re better than that.

  5. davecotuit - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    when the clips operate on all cylinders, they are tough to beat. but, as c barkley said, they are a great home team but just a good road team. that has to change.

  6. apkyletexas - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    That has to absolutely suck for the Pacers watching Granger go for 15 in a playoff game. They screwed up that trade in every way possible.

    Larry Legend – epic fail on that one, pal.

    • kb2408 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      “For one game” I must agree with you. Granger looked really good.

  7. mat9844 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    As a long time Clippers fan, that was one Sweet WiN!! Now, we just gotta keep doing it that way.

  8. ufools - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Progress is a nutcase conspiracy theorist…..

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