Let’s face it, the
Wednesday night they looked tired, unfocused and unable to get
It's not unusual for a road team to fall way short after winning Game 1. The Clippers lived up to that billing. Despite the 11-point margin, the game really wasn't that close.
The Thunder was led by their usual duo of
Durant was awarded the league's Most Valuable Player trophy before the game by
The Thunder achieved Lawler’s Law (first team to 100 wins) with 8:28 left in the fourth quarter, this on the same night that Lawler, 76, the longtime Clippers broadcaster, told The Times he was coming back for at least one more season. Lawler said he didn’t want it to appear as if he was being swept out with the controversy surrounding the comments of current owner
Also on Wednesday, The Times reported that co-owner Shelly Sterling, Donald's wife, planned to fight to keep control of the team if her husband is forced to sell. Silver has urged owners to force Donald Sterling to sell the team. The NBA had no comment on Shelly Sterling's intent.
The meager Clipper effort was led by
The Clippers were also miserable in rebounding, losing that battle, 52-36.
The Thunder shot 51% and the Clippers shot 45%.
The Clippers' second team did close the score to nine late in the game against the Thunder starters but by then the game was decided.
So now, it's a best-of-five series. The Clippers now have the home court advantage with Games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary) at Staples Center.
Can the Clippers come back from 17 points down with one quarter left to play? Probably not.
After three quarters of Game 2 on Wednesday night at
The Clippers lead the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series, 1-0. Games 3 and 4 will be at
The duo of
Another area the Clippers were failing was rebounding, with the Thunder hlding a 40-27 advantage.
Part of the problem for the Clippers were the easy shots the Thunder was getting, which caused Clippers Coach
The Clippers looked exhausted and lacking the energy the crowd was giving the Thunder.
Westbrook gave the Thunder a 12-point lead with about five minutes to play in the quarter.
And it was shortly after that when the wheels came off the Clippers. A three-pointer by Sefolosha followed by a Clipper turnover and a Sefolosha breakaway was followed by an inbounds steal that led to a Westbrook three. Then
At this point, it looked like the Clippers were done.
All things considered, the Clippers need to feel pretty good about where they are at halftime during Game 2 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday.
After a slow first quarter they outscored the Oklahoma City Thunder, 28-24, in the second quarter to close their deficit to five points, 61-56, lead at
The Clippers were led by
After a couple points by
Glen (Big Baby) Davis proceeded to score six straight Clippers points and then Paul made it a three-point game with a basket and a three-pointer with 6:37 to play in the half.
In fact, Davis was four-for-five with five rebounds in the quarter.
The Clippers closed the margin to one three times -- 46-45 after a Paul three, 49-48 after a
Getting Griffin into the game is key for the Clippers. He scored only five points in the half on two-for-eight shooting.
The Thunder closed the quarter strong with a 6-0 run on four foul shots by Durant and a basket by
And then, with 27 seconds left in the quarter, the lights went out. Well not all the lights but most of them. But there was enough light to finish the quarter in a cozy atmosphere, so the coaches and referees decided to play.
No one scored and the Thunder took a five-point lead into the second half.
The Thunder was certainly hoping to feed off the emotion of
But midway through the quarter you knew the bounce effect was still in play as Durant started to take over the game. He finished the quarter with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
It allowed the Thunder to take a 37-28 lead after the first quarter at
Perhaps one of the more telling stats for the Clippers is that they were outrebounded, 14-3. A couple of other indicators: Griffin 1 point, Paul 0.
The first half of the quarter was evenly played.
The Clippers were even up by four points, 18-14, before things started to switch thanks to Durant.
Russell Westbrook made a basket with 6:13 left in the quarter and then Durant made three consecutive shots to give the Thunder a 22-18 lead before Clippers Coach
Did it help? Nope. Durant came out and made a three-pointer. In fact, Daren Collison, playing for Paul after he picked up his second foul, made one of two free throws but then Westbrook came back with a bucket to complete a 13-1 run by the Thunder.
The Thunder used the remainder of the quarter to stretch the lead to nine.
So how do the
Well, they probably don't.
The Clippers' 17-point win on Monday at
It gave the Clippers a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal playoff series heading into Game 2 tonight in Oklahoma City.
Conventional thinking is when a road team wins Game 1 they tend to let down in Game 2. Go back to the Clippers' series against
But when has this postseason been conventional?
One thing you can likely count on is that
Before the game,
Silver was less talkative on Wednesday and refused to answer any questions about the continuing drama surrounding