The same mentality that
"Last night, there were like 50 seconds left, and we were up by 11, and I was still like, 'Come on guys, we can't rest yet,'" Griffin said. "Even going into the postgame interview, I felt like I was still on edge a little bit just because those games [against the Spurs] were so close, and every single mistake you make is costly. That's a good thing that we took away from that series."
They're still on their toes.
Playing without Chris Paul in Game 1 against the Rockets on Monday, the Clippers pulled off a 117-101 win. In that game, the Clippers trailed by as much as 13 points in the second quarter, but they didn't panic. Instead they slowly chipped away at that advantage, cutting it to just four points at halftime. Then in the fourth quarter, they went on a 12-0 run to secure the victory.
"I think that's something that we learned in the Spurs series,"
The Clippers won a franchise-best 26 road games this season. In the playoffs, they won two away games against the Spurs, including an elimination Game 6. Then on Monday they beat a Rockets team on the road that had six days of rest, while the Clippers had only one.
"Part of [Monday] night is who we've been," Coach
Playing the Spurs just sharpened those qualities.
"You go into a series with the Spurs, win or lose, you're going to be better," Rivers said.