Los Angeles Clippers (1) vs. Houston Rockets (1)
7:30 p.m. PST
May 9, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket/ ESPN
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Chuck Hayes made free throws tough to watch in Houston years ago…
1. What affected Griffin more in the second half of Game 2: double teams or fatigue?
Patrick James, (@patrickmjames): Fatigue. Griffin is typically pretty good about luring double teams and passing out of them, but he wasn’t getting the ball in good spots (no one could throw him a decent entry pass). Plus he was asked to bring the ball up court too often (outside transition opportunities).
Roscoe Whalan, (@RoscoeWhalan7): It’s both. Dude’s playing 41 minutes per game in the Playoffs so far and in the last couple of games he’s assumed the mantle of running this team without CP3. That being said, all the hacking should give Griffin the chance to catch some air.
Andy Liu, (@AndyKHLiu): Probably a combination of both. It’s been a taxing postseason for what has been, so far, the best player in the league. It also doesn’t help that the Houston Rockets can zero in on him with few offensive help anywhere else. Chris Paul being back Game 3 should function as Griffin’s energy drink.
2. Is DeAndre Jordan more important than CP3 in this series?
James: No, but I want to challenge the premise of the question because the Clippers need all three of Griffin, Paul, and Jordan to win this series. They’ve more or less outplayed Houston so far, and did well to get that split on the road, but the Rockets can’t be this limp forever.
Whalan: No one can stop Dwight except for DJ — and intentional fouling. We saw what D12 can do to the Clippers when DJ was glued to the bench in Game 2. That being said, if the Clippers had CP3 in Game 2, they would’ve definitely executed better down the stretch and the Austin Rivers face plant mightn’t have ever happened.
Liu: No. Chris Paul was my second pick as MVP. No one is more important to this team than Chris Paul.
3. Of all the Clippers scrubs that played in Game 2 who was your favorite and why?
James: Austin Rivers, because what is more human fighting against the inevitability of death? Whether it’s alone in a hospital bed at 85 or surrounded by thousands of jeering fans on the cold, smooth hardwood of an NBA floor, we all fall eventually.
Whalan: The Ekpe Udoh sighting made me sad that Spencer Hawes couldn’t even get out there to wrap a few guys up and give away some fouls but then I saw him on the bench and realised he’s totally chill with it.
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