Andrew Bogut who? At least for Game 1 of their Western Conference 1st Round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, that’s the question most people were asking. The Warriors center sustained an injury in the last week of the regular season, that has him out indefinitely. It didn’t seem to matter in Game 1, as David Lee picked up his slack with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Klay Thompson, was also huge for the Warriors. Thompson, had a team high 22 points, including shooting 4/7 from 3-point land. Stephen Curry, had a ho-hum 14 points and 7 assists, but he was able to continuously break down the Clippers D, find open teammates and draw fouls.
Blake Griffin, was the culprit more often than not. Griffin, was frustrated most of the afternoon, as referenced by this:
Griffin, eventually fouled out of the game, after only 19 minutes of play. The Warriors defense was sound, but it was obvious Griffin’s absence hurt the Clippers. It also, didn’t help that Chris Paul had to deal with foul trouble most of the game, also. Jamal Crawford’s shooting touch was noticeably absent, as well. Crawford, finished with 9 points on 2 for 11 shooting. On the bright side, J.J. Redick scored 22 points. His best performance since coming back from injury.
It was truly an impressive win for Golden State. On the flip side of that, however, they’re missed free throws and erratic play down the stretch almost allowed the Clippers to steal the game. Even with the win, the Clippers still seem to have the advantage. The Warriors can’t depend on foul trouble from Paul and Griffin, plus you can bet Doc Rivers will have adjustments to deal with Curry getting into the lane so easily. On the other hand, if you’re a Clippers fan, you have to know that Curry won’t score 14 points again in this series. Look for Curry’s offensive numbers to go up in Game 2. The question is: Can the Clips find an answer for Thompson and Lee? Stay tuned. Could be a longer series than predicted……..