Even though the
"We have to be better than we were last game,"
The defending champion
In that game, the Clippers led by as many as 20 points as they outshot the Spurs from the field, 51.3% to 36.6%, and from three-point range, 55.6% to 30.3%. The Spurs also made only 14 of 26 free-throw attempts, 53.8%.
Blake Griffin and
When the home team wins Game 1 of a seven-game
The Clippers, however, know that one victory is nothing to celebrate. After all, the Spurs have lost their playoff opener three times in years when they won the NBA championship.
Paul noted Wednesday morning that there's an old saying that the playoffs don't start until a team loses on their home court.
"We don't need the playoffs to start tonight," Paul said. "We need to keep doing what we've been doing and take care of home."
The Clippers' superstar point guard added that Game 2 is a completely different beast from Game 1.