The Clippers were, in the words of guard J.J. Redick, “a little down” during Sunday’s practice, trying to collect themselves after dropping a 109-105 first-round Western Conference playoff game to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Staples Center.
But after going through practice Sunday and a shoot-around Monday, they say they are ready to face the Warriors in Game 2 Monday night at Staples Center.
“I think yesterday we were a little down,” Redick said Monday. “I think we felt like we had squandered a game. We didn’t value it as much as I think we should have. I think today we have the right mindset going into Game 2.”
Late in Game 1, the Clippers had tied the score at 105-105 on two Blake Griffin free throws, but they didn’t score again.
They turned the ball over twice in the final 37.7 seconds of the game and missed their last three shots of the game.
Chris Paul missed two free throws with 11.9 seconds left and the Clippers trailing by three points.
All of that weighed on the minds of the Clippers, who are down 0-1 to the Warriors in the best-of-seven series.
They all know how important the next game is for them after losing the home-court advantage.
“There has to be a great sense of urgency, and we have that,” Redick said. “Anytime you get down in a series, the next game is of the utmost importance, and I sense that with our team.”