Andrew Bogut hates Blake Griffin. Blake Griffin hates Andrew Bogut. The Warriors hate the Clippers. The Clippers hate the Warriors.
On Wednesday night when the two teams spar to close out their season series, the Clippers are hoping to hold serve at home.
The Clippers defeated the Warriors back on Oct. 31, thanks to 23 points and 10 rebounds from the Clippers superstar power forward. On Dec. 25, the Warriors beat the Clippers by two points 105-103, but still struggled containing Griffin who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Warriors then blew out the Clips at Oracle back in January, but Griffin stilled scored 27 points even if it was on a Carmelo Anthony-esque 21 shots. Noticing a trend? I hate Blake Griffin, but he is playing out of his mind. He has emerged as a top-5 MVP candidate and has evolved from a guy who once jumped over one of the safest cars in America, a Kia, to a guy who can someone shoot and can play with his back facing the basket. Griffin has scored 20 plus points in every Clippers game since mid-January. Monday night the Clippers knocked off the Phoenix Suns thanks to 37 points and 6 rebounds from Griffin. He shot an efficient 14-of-16 from the field and was an even more efficient 9-of-10 from the free throw line. The Clippers have now won eight streak games and look to be playing their best basketball in the Paul-Griffin era
Now with Glen Davis as a legitimate backup power forward and former Indiana Pacer Danny Granger playing backup small forward, the once weak Clippers second unit looks even better. To be fair to the Warriors, since Steve Blake has arrived from Los Angeles, the Dubs second unit has been far more effective and the team as a whole is turning the ball over way less.
Tuesday night in the Warriors 108-85 win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors second unit scored 59 thanks to 19 points from Jordan Crawford and 13 from Harrison Barnes. Steve Blake turned in a near double-double with nine points and eight assists as well. Still the Warriors turned the ball over 19 times, eight of which came from the Splash Brothers which against the Clippers in L.A. would result in a lot of dunks. The Warriors last four wins have come by an average of 15.7 points, but against one of their division rivals expect a much closer affair.
On the injury front, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford’s status is uncertain after missing four of Lob City’s last five games with a strained left calf. For the Warriors everyone Klay Thompson who dealt with some back problems over the weekend will likely start and Stephen Curry has made it clear that his strained right quad injury will not keep him out.
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