The Clippers dropped a close one in game 2, but they are clearly out for blood and aggressing in Game 3.
“We have to be the more aggressive team. That’s the biggest thing,” Griffin said Friday.
Griffin is definitely hoping that the home crowd can give them an edge in the next two games as well.
“Playing in front of the home crowd definitely can give you a little more confidence,” Griffin said. “You’re a little bit more relaxed. Their fans are loud and they love playing in their home arena, and you can feel that energy from their team. Taking them out of that element and also putting our guys in our home element, hopefully that gives us a little boost I guess.”
Griffin noticed an up-tick in the level of physicality; the Clippers were vastly out rebounded and that will need to change if the Clippers expect to win this series.
“They’re physical as it is the regular season, but they’ve stepped it up in the playoffs,” Griffin said. “Sometimes it’s tough to differentiate between that line of being extra physical and getting called for fouls. So we’ve got to find that and take it to them.
“I think it’s just about being more aggressive and taking it to them first and not have to pick that up halfway through the game. Just being the team that attacks first.”
Chris Paul also believes this is a statement game, and one they need to bring home for their fans.
“I think for us it’s all about Game 3. Game 3 puts us back in the driver’s seat,” Paul said. “But in the playoffs it’s all about controlling your home court. We went there and got one and now we’ve got to take care of our home court.”
I think Paul also needs to keep looking for his shot; he was money from 3-point range last game and helped keep them in the game with several of his jumpers. The Grizzlies tried 4 different defenders on Chris Paul, but nobody could seem to keep up with the crafty guard. The Clippers shot better from the field than the Grizzlies and had more assists, but they need to tighten up the rebounding on the defensive end or they will find themselves behind in the series for the very first time.