It’s safe to say that the Golden State Warriors have little clue how to stop the Los Angeles Clippers’ two-headed monster down low consisting of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Without Andrew Bogut, who is out with a fractured rib, Griffin and Jordan are having their way down low against whoever the Warriors throw at them, be it David Lee, Draymond Green, or Jermaine O’Neal. Griffin has put up game-highs of 35 and 32 points in Games 2 and 3, respectively, while Jordan has been a monster on the glass, grabbing 22 rebounds in Game 4. None of this is directly the fault of the Warriors’ defenders; Griffin and Jordan are simply too big, and the Warriors don’t stand a chance against them without Bogut.
However, they can adjust and mix-and-match the lineup, which is what coach Mark Jackson suggested on Friday.
“I could make a change. I won’t say whether I will or with who, but it’s possible,” he told the media. “We’ve got to figure out a way to present some resistance. I think things are going a little smoothly right now for Blake [Griffin].”
The Warriors started the game with Lee guarding Griffin, but after Griffin simply manhandled the smaller Lee, subs such as Green and even Hilton Armstrong had a turn at Griffin.
As evidenced by his performance and the Clipper win in Game 4, the Warriors just have not found a solution yet short of counting on Griffin to foul out in 19 minutes.