The Clippers and Warriors has this spark between them, and that didn’t change when they met in Game 1. The game was high-scoring with a lot of foul calls, especially those to Blake Griffin, who had a lot of touch fouls. Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson has done very well coaching their teams by helping them stay focused, and continue to make plays down the stretch. In the playoffs, teams will need to play like they don’t want to go home, and both teams will continue to accomplish that.
Blake Griffin played only 19 minutes with 16 points because he fouled out. If someone told me that Blake Griffin would play less than 20 minutes, then I would’ve told you that they were going lose Game 1. Chris Paul had 28pts, 7reb, 8ast, and 4 steals, so his presence was felt along with other Clippers, like JJ. Redick, and DeAndre Jordan. If Blake had played just 35 minutes, he would’ve dominated his position, and they’ll need to put a focus on that in Game 2.
On the Warriors side, David Lee had 20pts, 13reb, and 3ast, and he gets his stats very quietly. Klay Thompson, Jermaine O’Neal, and Harrison Barnes also made their mark on this game. In order for them to win this series, they’ll need to a better job of defending the Clippers’ athletic front court, and hope that Chris Paul will continue to turnover the ball.
This is probably the most exciting first-round series in the playoffs this year, and with the Warriors getting the win, this might go 7 games, but since the Clippers will return will a fire in their heart; I still got the series going 6 games with the Clippers winning. Whoever wins this series will have a great run in the playoffs, and whoever plays the better defense, will win this series.