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NBA Playoffs 2014: Chris Paul, Clippers Look To Go Up 2-0 Against Thunder

Game 2: Los Angeles Clippers (1-0) at Oklahoma City Thunder (0-1)
Wednesday, May 7th at 6:30 pm PT

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The Los Angeles Clippers are up 1-0 on the Oklahoma City Thunder and now have an opportunity to go back to L.A. up 2-0.

Chris Paul led the way in game one, as he was unconscious from the field. He finished with 32 points on 12-14 shooting (8-9 3pt) and 10 assists. Blake Griffin (23 points) and Jamal Crawford (17 points) also pitched in the 122-105 routing. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 54 points in the loss.

MVP: Durant was officially named the NBA’s MVP on Monday. In Game 1, he was far from it, getting  severely outplayed by Paul. It will take a team effort to slow down the scoring leader. Matt Barnes will have the early responsibility of making sure the MVP doesn’t go off.

Encore? Paul was phenomenal in Game 1. Though a Game 1 repeat isn’t impossible, it isn’t likely. Expect Oklahoma City to zone in on him and force the ball out of his hands.

Supporting Casts: In the blowout win, Crawford was the only Clipper reserves to eclipse the 6 point mark. On the Thunder’s side, the rarely used Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones each put up 8. The team that gets better production from their bench may leave OKC with the win. With the Thunder expected to force the ball out of Paul’s hands, the Clippers’ supporting cast may have to play a bigger role in the game.

Rebounding: Los Angeles was out rebounded by 16 (47-31) and gave up 15 offensive rebounds to their 6. DeAndre Jordan and Griffin combined for only 10 rebounds. In an expected close game, the Clippers can’t afford to give Durant and the Thunder second chance opportunities.

Westbrook: Hidden under Paul’s big night was the play of his counterpart. Westbrook had 29 points with a very efficient 14-19 shooting night. He also had 4 assists and 6 turnovers on the night. With his competitive nature, you can expect him to come after Paul and the Clippers.

With the series transitioning to Los Angeles after tonight’s game, expect Durant, Westbrook and the rest of the Thunder to do all they can to even the series and prove why they were the number two team in the NBA.

Paul, Griffin, Doc Rivers, and the Clippers will have a battle on their hands.

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