Saturday, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers tipped off in Game 1 of what many expect to be the most entertaining first-round series of the 2014 NBA Playoffs. Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul. Blake Griffin vs. David Lee. Northern California vs. southern California. Without Andrew Bogut, not many people (myself included) were giving the Dubs much of a chance. But then a funny thing happened: The Warriors showed poise late in a close game against a terrific team and got a 109-105 win on the road to take a 1-0 series lead.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, David Lee added 20 points and 13 boards, Harrison Barnes had 14 off the bench and that wily veteran Jermaine O’Neal scored 13 in Bogut’s starting spot. Until two missed free throws, Chris Paul was the hero for Lob City with 28 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals while making five of his nine 3-point attempts. J.J. Redick had 22 and Blake Griffin finished with 16 points and three rebounds in only 19 minutes because of foul trouble.
Because Game 1 just happened and we’re so excited to have the NBA Playoffs back, we obviously need to overanalyze everything and point out what we learned in the series debut. From the Clippers looking like the same old Clippers to Steph Curry’s struggles, we’ll quickly move through everything that was worth noting in Game 1 as the series moves to Game 2. But first, let’s acknowledge that it was just one of those days for the Clippers:
— LetsGoWarriors (@LetsGoWarriors) April 19, 2014