When Blake Griffin plays a total of 3:53, consider the Los Angeles Clippers lucky to be tied with the Golden State Warriors 52-52 going into halftime. No Griffin isn’t injured. He along with several other players were hampered by foul trouble.
- Andre Igoudala (GSW) – 4 personal fouls
- Blake Griffin (LAC) – 3 personal fouls
- David Lee (GSW) – 3 personal fouls
- Marreese Speights (GSW) – 3 personal fouls
All of the stars in foul trouble affects the game plan going forward. Blake Griffin needs to get going offensively, but will need to watch himself on both sides of the floor as the referees aren’t afraid to call anything. Andre Iguodala’s defensive effort will be hampered by the foul trouble, not being able to press on players as much as he usually does. With Iguodala being a jack-of-all-trades for the Warriors, players like Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green will have to step up, so Iggy doesn’t feel forced to do any and everything for the team.
In total, 29 total fouls have been called in the first half. We knew coming into this series that things would be rough, but the referees have gone to letting their whistles keep things in order, hampering the quality of the game in the process. There’s not guarantee that things will get chippy and with such important players in foul trouble, it’ll be interesting to see if refs let the guys play in order to keep Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala on the floor. If not, one of these guys fouling out could spell trouble for their respective clubs.
- DeAndre Jordan has been the best player for the Clippers so far. He current has 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.
- In the second half, forward Draymond Green tweaked his knee, going to the locker room to get checked out. He later returned, but this will be a key sub-plot to keep an eye on.
- Another injury-related note is Chris Paul’s hamstring. Multiple media members reported the point guard grabbing toward his hamstring and getting it checked out on the sideline. A hampered Chris Paul could make this series a lot more interesting.
- Without a doubt, Glen Davis is having his best game of the season, coming up big in Blake Griffin’s absence.
- Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and David Lee are a combined 8-for-26. If the Warriors want to stele one here, this collective will need to step things up on offense.