Before their game against the San Antonio Spurs, if you had asked the Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers what he needed to get out of his team in order to win, he probably would have just wanted an average night out of his biggest stars. An average performance is exactly what Rivers got Monday night and that is exactly why his squad pulled out a convincing win.
All Rivers really needs to get a win against just about any team in the NBA is an everyday performance out of his two big stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, and for his role players, specifically DeAndre Jordan, to step up like they normally do. In 2013, Paul has averaged 19.7 points, 11.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game while Griffin has posted 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. On Monday, Griffin took it to Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, scoring 27 points and just missing a double-double by one rebound. Similarly, Paul posted 23 points, seven assists and eight points.
Not to be outdone, Jordan stepped up in his vital role as the big, defensive presence and pulled down 11 rebounds while blocking three shots and scoring seven points. His 2013 averages have been right around 10 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game so the Clippers’ Big 3 pulled their weight by being simply reliable.
From there, all it took was some role players like Willie Green (11 points) and Jamal Crawford (17 points) to hit their shots and the Staples Center played home to a big win for the Clippers. If Rivers can continue to get reliable performances like this on a regular basis, the Clippers will continue to stay near the top of the Western Conference standings.