Apr 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) reacts to fouling out in the fourth quarter of game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. Warriors won 109-105. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers: Game Two Questions


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. 

 

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  • MichaelJ

    I think both teams would be okay with less ticky tack fouls being called. Iguodala is one of the leaders this year in plus/minus and he only played 20 minutes. I think the Warriors would be fine with him playing more…

  • Alfredo Rodriguez

    OOOH, that’s a new one. Losing Game 1 means an automatic elimination for the Clippers? I looked at the their playoff background, and you’re right. Here it is in detail, California Clippers only:

    - 1991-92: Lost Games 1 & 2, required tying up the series, lost in Game 5
    - 1992-93: Lost Game 1, alternated wins and losses, lost in Game 5
    - 1996-97: Lost Game 1, automatic sweep

    Keep an eye out on is how the Clippers treat the Warriors. The reason why the Dubs are in the playoffs in the first place is because it’s the Clipper’s fault for underestimating them. In the 2012-13 season, the Clippers thought that because of Golden State’s previous season, they were projected to return to the lottery and therefore assumed they would automatically win their games against them, but they thought wrong. Their negligence of the Warriors single handedly turned them into a playoff contender, eventually winning the season series 3 games to 1. This season was even worse, for they are the only team to get Blake Griffin ejected with more than 5 minutes left in a game, and the technical fouls the Warriors drew on Griffin built up to an automatic suspension on the last game of the season. And the Clippers did it again in the playoffs, underestimating the Dubs and being too overconfident in their playoff opener all because Andrew Bogut is injured. Did you know that the ejection of Blake Griffin nearly got him traded to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony? Even though it never happened, there were talks.

    Last season, I made a bold prediction that if the Clippers saw the Warriors in the 2012-13 NBA Playoffs, they would have automatically been swept. The only way the Clippers can beat the Warriors now is if they take this team seriously – as an elite title contender, not a lower seeded team or lottery team. They must also face their fears. They’re afraid that if they lose this game, the world will fall upon them. It’s true that Chris Paul could lose his superstar status, or Blake Griffin gets traded, or if the Clippers become a laughingstock again if they lose to the Dubs, but that is the challenge they accepted. There is no turning back for this team. They must face their destiny, admit their wrongs accordingly, and accept the consequences that come with being a title contender. Spider Man’s words have never rung truer than for this team: “With great power comes great responsibility.”