Many will say that the Los Angeles Clippers lost Game 1, not that the Golden State Warriors won it. Nevertheless, the Warriors hold a 1-0 lead and have stolen homecourt advantage in this first round series. If the Clippers don’t be careful, after tonight they could find themselves down 2-0 heading to the Bay area.
Though, they’ll cross that road if need be.
Tonight? Well it’s not technically a “must-win”, but it kind of is. They won’t get eliminated from the playoffs if they lose, but they kind of will. In summary, tonight is huge — for LA. Golden State has already accomplished what they wanted to do in LA — steal one. Now, do they get greedy?
Here are a few questions that need to be answered (and will be) at some point in tonight’s important (Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers) Game 2.
HOW WILL THE REFS CALL THE GAME?
In Game 1, Blake Griffin was in foul trouble early and often. Though, in the time he was on the court, the Clippers were nearly flawless. In those 19 minutes, Blake Griffin scored 16 points, snagged three rebounds and was a plus-22. When he was off the court (mostly due to foul trouble), the Clippers were minus-22 and saw their offensive rating drop from 136 (when BG was on the court) to 85 (when he was off the court). And without a healthy Andrew Bogut, there’s no one of the Warriors that can matchup with Griffin. When he’s on the court, he is THE difference in this series.
WILL STEPH CURRY SHOW UP?
Steph Curry was uncharacteristically almost a non-factor (statistically) in Game 1. Yes, he did score 14 points but they came off an inefficient 6-for-16 shooting. He also was forced into seven turnovers, which is nearly twice his regular season average. And they still won. You’d expect Curry to rebound (to a certain extent) in Game 2, but by how much?
CAN THE CLIPPERS OVERCOME BAD HISTORY?
This question may very well be carried throughout the rest of the series as well. The Los Angeles Clippers have never won a postseason series after losing Game 1. Even though this is a different team, sometimes those kind of omens follow franchises. Just when if felt as if the Clippers had finally escaped their previously cursed history, maybe it’s about to crawl right back. Maybe I’m overreacting, but THEY LOST GAME 1.