Los Angeles Clippers
Golden State Warriors
MVP: After struggling with a hamstring injury the past few games, Chris Paul returned to form. He guided the offense with 22 points and 14 assists and hounded Steph Curry as best he could defensively. Whenever the Warriors made a run late, Paul manufactured a basket to quell their comeback.
Defining moment: Doc Rivers is normally a man of composure, but with two seconds remaining and the game sealed, he let the moment overwhelm him. He began yelling and pumping his fists, and then turned to the crowd and high-fived a fan. With all his team has been through in the past week, it was probably therapeutic to let loose.
That was … a heartbreaker: Someone had to lose, unfortunately, and Saturday it was the Warriors. Still, with four of the seven games decided by five points or fewer, the matchup definitely met, if not surpassed, everyone’s expectations as the best series of Round 1.
– Jovan Buha
Coming up BIG
Post series-clinching speech
Tweet(s) Of The Game
Lotta this comeback's been keyed by Chris Paul looking like Chris Paul for the first time in awhile
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) May 4, 2014
THIS IS FOR FRANKIE MUNIZ
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) May 4, 2014
Great effort by the Dubs to get to this to 7 w/o Bogut. Great effort by the Clips, given everything going on and CP3 injury. Awesome series.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) May 4, 2014
I'm a little excited at the prospect of hearing Mark Jackson's , "Hand down, man down" on next season's NBA telecasts.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) May 4, 2014
— Jeremiah Rivers (@JRivers25) May 4, 2014
— Andrew Han (@andrewthehan) May 4, 2014
The Depth Charge
|Ryan Hollins, C||DNP COACH’S DECISION|
|Hedo Turkoglu, PF||DNP INACTIVE|
|Big Baby, PF||7||1-4||0-0||0-0||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||+3||2|
ClipperBlog Live’s Best Moment
Fred, Patrick and Seth discuss the madness of Game 7, Blake Griffin changing his narrative, Chris Paul’s bounce-back performance and preview the upcoming series with the Thunder.
Check Your Messages
Way back in March, I declared a phenomenon even greater than Lawler’s Law. I called it “The New Lawler’s Law“, and it is very simple: When the Clippers lead going into the third quarter, they win.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that the Clippers were undefeated this season in these scenarios — 34-0 coming into this game! The Clippers didn’t do their part in the first half to get into position for The New Lawler’s Law, falling behind by ten after the first quarter and eight at halftime. But the Clippers took control of the third quarter and ended it with an 87-84 lead. Call it coaching, call it poise… but Clippers leading after 3 = W. It’s the New Law.
Some trends don’t mean a whole lot, and even the three-point magic number (nine) has failed the Clippers multiple times in this series. But The New Lawler’s Law is a thing, folks. This team knows how to close games out when they’re ahead. Feel free to forget that fact as the Clippers thrillingly advance through this postseason.
- Law Murray
Turn Down For What
The contrast between when the Clippers have played well and poorly in this series has been stark, and the differences largely haven’t been schematic. Almost everything comes down to how hard and sharp the Clippers’ rotations on Warriors’ pick and rolls have been. In the first half, everything was out of sorts as Draymond Green popped free for open threes and snaked bounce passes around DeAndre Jordan for dunks. Curry sped around the basket, keeping his dribble alive to create odd mismatches.
Things changed in the second, as the Clippers turnt up their rotations. Suddenly David Lee was confronted by DeAndre Jordan on his half rolls, not a 4 on 3. Steph Curry was trapped out to midcourt. The Warriors zipped the ball around the horn … and ended up exactly where they started, with no switches or advantages. Curry effortlessly split the trap, only to forget the seven-footer lurking behind. After a lethargic start, the better team took the effort up a notch to win the series.
- Jacob Frankel