The Los Angeles Clippers hoped to make a statement in their home opener after being stunned by 16 points on opening night by the Los Angeles Lakers, knowing it wouldn’t be easy playing against the Golden State Warriors, who beat the Lakers by 31 just the night before.
Point guard Chris made sure a repeat of Tuesday night did not happen, leading both teams with a dominant 42 points and still getting his teammates involved with 15 assists in a 126-115 victory. Most importantly he led his team to an energetic night, out-hustling the Warriors in rebounding, second chance points and steals, with six.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry made sure to expose the Clippers’ still lackluster three-point defense, scoring 15 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter.
The Clippers’ bad quarter of play this season appears to be the fourth, after looking to be in control of the game in the first three quarters in both games.
Center DeAndre Jordan kept rising to coach Doc Rivers‘ challenge of leading his team in defense, grabbing eight offensive rebounds in the first half. He finished game with nine points and 17 rebounds. He also showed some grit, pushing Warriors center Andrew Bogut, which led all players to huddle and start jawing back and forth.
The Clippers seemed to expose two chinks in the Warriors armor.
After scoring 38 points Wednesday night, Klay Thompson had a quiet night with 10 points, and combined with the foul-trouble, the Warriors were forced to put play the bench big minutes, and it would let Warriors down.
After losing Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry to free agency, they were forced to pick up the likes of Toney Douglas, Marreese Speights and Jermaine O’Neal, all serviceable, but neither has yet to provide the leadership of Jack.
Also a cause of concern for the Warriors was Curry’s 10 turnovers. On the night the Warriors had 24 which led to 22 Clippers points. The Clipper offense took advantage, leading most of the game by 10 to 20 points.
A positive note from the game, what was missing from the first game, is Paul and Blake Griffin brought Lob City back for one night. With Griffin saying before the season that Lob City would be no more, tonight showed that a whole game of it may not work, but a little bit of it, can inspire a victory.
Griffin did foul out with four minutes left in game, finishing with 23 points.
Good things from Game 2
- Paul took his shots and passed second. The smallest man on the court was the biggest leader.
- Had energy
- They brought back a little Lob City
- Five players scored in double figures
Bad things from Game 2
- Three-point defense is horrible
- 18 turnovers
- Still waiting to see why Doc Rivers is a great defensive coach
- Griffin still is not playing defense, and his post up game needs more work.
|Stephen Curry 38||Chris Paul 42|
|Rebounds||Draymond Green 8||DeAndre Jordan 17|
|Assists||Andre Iguodala 11||Chris Paul 15|
|Steals||3 players tied with 2||Chris Paul 6|
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