Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Clippers lead series 2-1
12:30 p.m. PST
April 27, 2014
1. What should be the greater takeaway from Game 3: Building up an 18-point lead or almost blowing it?
Andrew Lynch, Hardwood Paroxysm, (@AndrewLynch): Building up the lead. There’s a natural tendency to let up a bit with a lead that big, and if the other team has any pride, it’ll often push a little harder. That’s a recipe for a comeback. But putting together that kind of dominant performance in the first place shows just how vicious the Clippers can be.
Jacob Frankel, (@jacob_frankel): Allowing the comeback. I’ll say it again and again: The Clippers are just better than the Warriors. That comeback showed the Clippers can still be vulnerable to the Warriors’ small-ball attack though. I’m not too worried about it, but the comeback showed it’s possible.
Seth Partnow, (@WhrOffnsHppns): Building the lead. The reason it slipped was because the Clippers got away from the stuff that got them the lead – ball and player movement – and got very stagnant offensively. The Warriors still have no one who can cover Griffin 12 feet and in, but during the comeback they were trying to post him at 19 feet rather than running sets to get him the ball in his preferred spots.
2. Do the Warriors need to start double-teaming Blake Griffin consistently?
Lynch: I don’t think you can, at least when he has the ball in his hands. He’s too good of a passer at this point. If he’s in the post looking to make the catch, you can send a soft-double at him, fronting the entry pass, trying to prevent him from getting the ball where he wants it. If he catches it in motion, you don’t have time for a real double. In short, David Lee is doomed.
Frankel: No. I think if you’re the Warriors, you let Griffin get his. Blake will probably get close to 40, but that’s a lesser evil than Redick, Collison, and Crawford all going off. If he’s in single coverage though, Draymond Green will have to be careful not to get into foul trouble guarding Griffin. He’s an immensely important part for the Warriors on both sides of the floor, so Griffin might want to just go at him to get him out of the game.
Partnow: Draymond Green actually did a great job in single coverage a little further out on the floor, but if Blake’s catching the ball down low, absolutely. On the catch. Make Barnes or Collison beat them from the outside.
3. True or false: Golden State should find a way to get Stephen Curry more shots.
Lynch: True. Always true. The Warriors are pretty big underdogs without Andrew Bogut, and I think this series will bear that out. That’s just another argument for Curry to take as many threes as possible. Increase the variance and let your best player control your fate.
Frankel: False. I don’t think Golden State should “try” to get Curry shots. They should run more on-ball action involving Curry. If that gets Curry more shots, great. If not, it’ll open up shots for other players. Curry’s number of shots isn’t an issue, but the number of plays being run through him are, for sure.
Partnow: Shots? I’m not sure. He had 15 assists in Game 3 so it’s not like he wasn’t creating. They do need to stop trying to “find” him shots by running him off baseline screens as that burns shot clock and ends up with Steph off the ball too much. Running pick-and-roll with Curry and whoever DeAndre Jordan is guarding has been a great look for the Warriors all series.