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NBA Playoffs: Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Clippers – Game 2

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Mar 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) and Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) compete for a loose ball on the floor during the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Story Lines:

Chris Paul’s Health:

Following the easy victory we’ve heard Chris Paul is around 50%. If your Doc Rivers why bother throwing him out there if your true designs are a deep playoff run. The Clippers already have the split, so it doesn’t make sense to dress Paul and chance him hurting the hamstring further.

The Rust: 

If you believe what James Harden was telling reporters post game the team all felt a lack of energy and had a difficult time getting their offense and energy rolling. On the other hand if you believe Josh Smith then too many on the team were trying to play hero ball.

The MVP Hangover:

Some media pundits felt the loss of the MVP Award by Harden to Steph Curry resulted in the entire team experiencing a let down. I can’t speak to that fact but there was definitely something off in Game 1. Further, I expected Harden to come out with a chip on his shoulder, but time and again he seemed content to throw the ball off to someone else. We’ve seen him do that during the year to get people rolling, but we’ve never seen him do it for an entire game. Expect a much more aggressive bearded man right from the tip tonight.

Blake Griffin Needs To Be Addressed:

While we knew coming in Blake Griffin had the advantage at power forward his triple double was beyond what even Kevin McHale could have expected in his worst nightmare scenario. Personally, I  felt the longer the series progressed the more Terrence Jones and Josh Smith would wear on Griffin given he’s already played a physical 7 game series versus San Antonio. However, for this to transpire we need to see a lot more from both Jones and Smith who like the rest of the team didn’t do much physically to stop Griffin. Houston as a team often double teamed Griffin, but we didn’t see Griffin get bodied much. That needs to change and I suspect it will this evening.

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