Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
MVP: Draymond Green. The second-year former Spartan was Golden State’s everything. Green guarded 1 through 5, was a major factor in the terrible shooting night of the Clippers’ two superstars and matched DeAndre Jordan’s ferocity on the glass all while putting in a healthy 14 points. Draymond Green is basketball.
X factor: Fouls. Fouls! FOULS! Key players for both teams were plagued with foul trouble throughout the evening, with Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and David Lee all fouling out and Chris Paul, Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan all flirting with disqualification. It’s tough to know whether the poor shooting came at the expense of the multitudes of whistles, or if the players were forcing the contact because of poor offensive nights. Either way, it was tough to watch.
That was … a brick house: Two teams that featured so many dynamic and skilled offensive players built a sturdy home with all the missed shots in Oakland; Golden State and L.A. going a combined 67-for-176, 38 percent. Even the Warriors’ free throw shooting was atrocious, a full 13.1 percent below their season average. Sometimes the basket is an ocean. Tonight it was a thimble.
— Andrew Han
Tweet(s) Of The Game
#Clippers will host a Game 7 for the first time in franchise history.
— Los Angeles Clippers (@LAClippers) May 2, 2014
is matt barnes first or second cousins with el debarge?
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 2, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Ryan Hollins, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Hedo Turkoglu, PF||DNP INACTIVE|
|Big Baby, PF||4||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||2||-5||0|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Fred and Patrick with the topic: What went wrong?
Check Your Messages
Whoever won this game would have won this game dirty. I don’t have time for puns, so I came up with a disgusting adjective instead.
For a game with such few turnovers, for a game decided by a singly tally, this was an abominable game to watch. Hell, it took the Clippers four shots just to make a three at the end, and Steph Curry missed his last two free throws… to seal the game.
Oh, about the free throw line. I went on after Game 5 about how the Warriors shoot too few and how the Clippers win games by living at the line. Well, the Warriors shot 37 free throws and “only” 24 threes. That is the second-most attempted free throws from a Mark Jackson-coached team ever, behind only a 114-110 win on November 3, 2012 … against the Clippers. Never mind that Golden State didn’t shoot them well. They drew 28 Clipper fouls, and they mucked the game up just enough to edge the Clippers out.
Adjustments for Clippers? Redefine the foul line. Griffin somehow shot more threes (0-for-3) than free throws in a brutally inefficient performance, and Chris Paul made only one free throw. It helps to be at home, but the Clippers have to do a better job of defending without fouling in Game 7. While the Warriors made 7-of-10 free throws in the final quarter, the Clippers went 6-for-6 – none in the last 9:44 of the game. Tough pill to swallow in a one-point loss.
– Law Murray
A Second Chance at the Glass
The Clippers went on a little 5-0 run to cut the Warriors’ lead to two points, 96-94. With the clock ticking and fewer than 90 seconds remaining, Harrison Barnes missed a 10-foot jumper. DeAndre Jordan, however, couldn’t secure the rebound. If he had, his dunk on the ensuing possession would’ve tied the game. Not only did Jordan not come up with the rebound, but his mistimed jump resulted in an accidental body slam of Draymond Green and two made Warriors free throws.
Lapses on the defensive glass such as this are part of the reason why the Clippers lost Game 6 despite Golden State only converting one field goal in the final 4:30. Jordan had 19 rebounds and has been playing with lots of energy. Let’s not single him out. Overall, he played well, and he’s certainly not the only culprit. As a team, the Clippers will have to do a much better job protecting the defensive glass in Game 7. Finally, if we can blame the Clippers, we can also credit the Warriors for playing off the crowd’s energy and keeping possessions alive again and again. They finished with 21 second-chance points.
– Aaron Fischman
Second Act Dre
At the half, Andre Iguodala had four points on 1-of-4 shooting. He got his offense going in the third quarter, though, where he scored six points, adding five more in the fourth. It seemed as though Chris Paul’s foul trouble emboldened Iguodala offensively. In that third period, Chris Paul backed off every time Iguodala posted him up. It wasn’t poor strategy, given CP3 desperately needed to avoid getting a fifth foul. Fortunately for Golden State, its 30-year-old forward hit some critical buckets when few others were making shots.
– Aaron Fischman