The Clippers on Thursday won their season opener with a 114-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center.
Here are five things we learned:
1. The Clippers didn’t win the rebound battle against a Trail Blazers team known for pounding the backboards. But they didn’t lose the rebounding battle either, ending the game tied at 48-48.
That in itself is a win for the Clippers.
Blake Griffin had 13 rebounds, five offensive. DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds, seven offensive. Chris Paul, the point guard, had five rebounds.
As a group, the Clippers had 15 offensive rebounds, which gave them more scoring...