Well, NBA fans, you got your wish. Three Game 7s in one day coming up on Saturday. That’s never happened before, and it’s a good way to cap off arguably the craziest first round in NBA Playoff history. If the Los Angeles Clippers shoot like they did against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Game Six, the Clippers will be hitting the SoCal beaches earlier than expected this year.
Let’s give the Warriors due credit – they had a great defensive game plan. The double team against Blake Griffin really worked nicely at times, but the Clippers also failed to make adjustments, and more importantly, failed to make shots.
The very last play of the game for the Clippers pretty much summed it up. There was a lot of effort, hoisting up shots left and right, grabbing offensive rebounds, but nothing fell down.
Also, the Warriors got some great production from their role players. Draymond Green racked up 14 points and 14 rebounds in 41 minutes of play, and Andre Iguodala was clutch with 15 points and huge shots in the fourth quarter.
Overall, the Clippers went dry from everywhere. Griffin was a dismal 8-24 from the field, and only made one free throw out of two attempts. J.J. Redick went 2-10 from downtown, and DeAndre Jordan only had three field goals. What’s worse than all of that are Chris Paul’s numbers. He went 3-10 from the field, and made two threes and one free throw. Only nine points out of Paul, who should be the one guy the Clippers can count on to be consistent.
All of that said, the Clippers lost by a single point, largely because guys like Matt Barnes and Jamal Crawford stepped up to fill in the gaps, but also because the Warriors really did not play that well. Stephen Curry was relatively cold and Klay Thompson had a very rough night going 3-11 with only one three-pointer.
The main point is, if the Clippers play like that when the Warriors are putting up points like they normally do, the Warriors will win easily. The Clippers absolutely needed to pull out this win, because now you’re putting a cold team with no momentum up against a team that forced a Game 7 in a series they were expected to lose. The Warriors will be coming energized with an upset on their minds. The Clippers better come up with a way to get more points from their stars, or the Warriors are moving on.