Will Injuries Doom Clippers Series?
The Clippers were out-shot from the field, from three-point range and the free-throw line. They were outrebounded, out-assisted and outscored in the paint.
They had Blake Griffin (sprained left knee), Chris Paul (strained right hip flexor), Caron Butler (fractured left hand) and Mo Williams (sore right hand) playing with injuries.
If not for the play of second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, who tied his career high with 23 points, the Clippers never would have been in the game.
Paul and Griffin, the Clippers’ two All-Stars, seemed to be affected the most by their injuries.