It was a tale of two halves for Griffin. His first-half performance was awful at best. In the second half, though, he went into beast mode after sustaining a blow from Dominic McGuire and never looked back. Lanes to the basket magically appeared, the rim seemed to widen and the Warriors had no answer for him. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.
Mask or no mask, Chris Paul is the Clippers' best offensive option. The Warriors' guards were helpless to his crafty drives, step backs and floaters. Something to look at over the next few weeks is how the mask affects Paul's peripheral vision and, thus, his passing. Interestingly enough, L.A. made most of its fourth-quarter run with Paul on the bench.
Though not known for his scoring or free-throw shooting, Evans provided both on Sunday night, along with his first double-double of the season. His energy was contagious and he single-handedly kept L.A. in the game. It's no surprise the Clippers' two biggest runs were with Evans on the floor. Without Kenyon Martin, the Clippers need more nights like this from Evans.
They didn't score much -- and at times they were sloppy -- but the Clippers' bench put together arguably its best performance of the season. In particular, Evans and Eric Bledsoe served as sparkplugs for the unit, using their tenacity, defensive prowess and all-out hustle to energize a lifeless Clippers squad. If the Clippers can take anything positive out of the loss, it's their depth.
Despite their high number of turnovers and dismal fourth quarter, the Warriors played a near-perfect game. Taking advantage of the Clippers' first game back from a long trip, the Warriors looked fresh, energized and prepared. They were physical, aggressive defensively and shot extremely well for extensive periods of time -- all keys to beating L.A.