There really is no positive way to spin the Golden State Warriors’ 40-point loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night, which evened up the series at one game apiece.
The final score was laughable — 138-98 — as the Warriors looked discombobulated on both offense and defense. The Clippers shot 56.6 percent from the field, jumping out to an early 13-4 lead and, unlike in Game 1, never looking back. The Warriors were outscored by 15 points in the second quarter, and trailed 67-41 at halftime. They showed little inkling of life in the second half, as the Clippers reached the century mark in the third quarter. It was an extended garbage time, and boy was it embarrassing for Golden State.
One of the biggest factors was the fact that Blake Griffin got to play more than 19 minutes, because he picked up exactly zero fouls. He played 30 minutes, and dominated with 35 points and six rebounds on 13-of-17 shooting. Dunks, jumpers, lay-ups, even free throws — you name it, Griffin did it. The Warriors had no answer for the Clippers’ offense, and they must figure out a way to contain it if they want to win this series.
On offense, the Warriors did not fare any better. Stephen Curry was shut down in the first half as the Clippers sent multiple players at him and forced him to give up the ball, which often resulted in missed threes and jumpers. Curry did lead the Warriors 24 points, but that was because the Clippers relaxed their defense in the second half with a big lead. Other than Curry, no Warrior had much of an offensive night. Klay Thompson, after a solid Game 1, had just seven points and two made field goals. The Warriors were just 4-of-19 from beyond-the-arc, and when they miss three-pointers, they usually lose.
As much as we’d like to just forget about this loss, we can’t. This is the playoffs, where you play the same team night after night. The Clippers have found a way to exploit the Warriors, and now it’s up to the Warriors to respond, or else this series will take a turn for the worse.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 47.4% (36-76)
- Three-point percentage: 21.1% (4-19)
- Rebounds: 36
- Assists: 18
- Turnovers: 26
- Bench points: 48
- Field-goal percentage: 56.6% (47-83)
- Three-point percentage: 48.0% (12-25)
- Rebounds: 34
- Assists: 29
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 58
Good to Know
Warriors have now split the first two games in 7 of their last 9 playoff series as they head home for Game 3 against the Clippers on Thurs.
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 22, 2014
What’s on Tap
Game 3 will be at Oracle Arena on Thursday.