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Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

Matthew SchmidtFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 2016

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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    Chris Paul scored 42 points and dished out 15 assists in leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-115 win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

    It was an impressive win for a Clippers team that was coming off a loss to their rival Los Angeles Lakers on opening night. They shot 49 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Warriors 44-33 in the contest.

    Stephen Curry dropped 38 points for Golden State, and both Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala recorded double-doubles.

    The Warriors lost this game despite shooting the ball at a 52.6 percent clip.

    Note: Grades are based off of stats, efficiency, overall impact on both ends of the court and how the players performed when it mattered most.

Point Guard

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    Stephen Curry

    This is a tough one to call.

    Curry did score 38 points, and he did shoot 9-of-14 from beyond the arc (14-of-23 overall). He also handed out nine assists.

    But the turnovers. My goodness, the turnovers.

    Steph coughed the ball up 11 times in this one, throwing careless passes and exhibiting sloppy ball-handling that really put his team in a hole.

     

    This was very uncharacteristic of Curry, as he is usual a fine decision-maker and runs the offense smoothly. However, this was just not his night in that capacity.

    Yes, he shot the ball extremely wall (surprise, surprise) and hit some threes to keep the game close in the fourth quarter, but I can't give him too high of a mark because of all of the miscues. The turnovers simply led to far too many Clippers points.

    Grade: B-

     

    Chris Paul

    Wow. Just wow.

    Paul scored 42 points and dished out 15 assists in the Clippers' win over the Warriors, and in the fourth quarter, he poured in 15 points to stave off any chance of a Golden State rally.

    CP3 was everywhere in this one. He got to the rim, he knocked down mid-range jumpers, he got to the free-throw line with impunity (16-of-17 from the stripe) and also recorded six steals.

    He did have six turnovers, but they were not that detrimental to the Clips throughout the contest.

    Finally, Paul shot 12-of-20 from the floor and posted a plus-17.

    Grade: A+

Shooting Guard

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    Klay Thompson

    After dropping 38 points on the Lakers in the Warriors' opener, there wasn't much doing for Klay Thompson against the other L.A. team.

    The sharpshooter scored 10 points off 3-of-7 shooting and never really looked comfortable throughout the game. Aside from a short stretch in the second quarter where he was actively looking for his shot, he appeared very tentative, and it looked as if he didn't even want the ball.

    He didn't contribute much else to the box score, either.

    Grade: C

     

    J.J. Redick

    Nice outing for J.J. Redick.

    The Duke product tallied 17 points off 5-of-11 shooting. He also shot 3-of-7 from deep and hit what ultimately proved to be the dagger late in the fourth period.

    Redick also grabbed five rebounds and registered a plus-15.

    Well done.

    Grade: B+

     

Small Forward

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    Andre Iguodala

    Andre Iguodala quietly posted a double-double in this affair.

    The former 76er and Nugget recorded 14 points and 11 assists, doing a great job of getting the offense under control at certain points of the game. He shot an efficient 5-of-8 from the floor and did not try to do too much with the ball in his hands.

    Another perfect example of how Iggy does not need to score a lot to be effective.

    Grade: A-

     

    Jared Dudley

    Jared Dudley scored all 10 of his points in the first half, eight of those coming in the second quarter where he knocked down a couple of triples that helped L.A. extend its lead.

    He ended up going 4-of-6 from the field in 33 minutes of action and was a key component to the Clips big run during that second period.

    Decent outing from the former Boston College standout.

    Grade: B

Power Forward

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    David Lee

    David Lee ended up fouling out with four minutes to go, but he had a very solid night.

    While the power forward was unusually ineffective on the boards (five rebounds), he scored 22 points off 8-of-15 shooting. He scored in a variety of ways, too. He posted up, he made nice cuts to the basket to receive passes for easy finishes and he even put the ball on the floor and took it to the rack.

    Plus, Lee played decent post defense on Blake Griffin, doing a solid job of bodying the Clippers big man up and not allowing him much space to operate down low.

    Lee also shot 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.

    Grade: A-

     

    Blake Griffin

    Like his counterpart, Griffin fouled out, and only 17 seconds later.

    Still, in 34 minutes, Griffin was simply spectacular. He posted 23 points and 10 boards, shooting 9-of-12 from the floor. He had a mind-boggling stretch late in the third quarter, throwing down three straight alley-oop dunks off Warriors turnovers. Each dunk was more vicious than the last.

    What was most impressive about Blake's outing, however, was his willingness to go to work in the post. He flashed some pretty nice moves down low, displaying a type of finesse that he did not demonstrate in any of his first three seasons in the league.

    To put the cherry on top, Griffin recorded a plus-18, the best of any player on either team.

    Grade: A

Center

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    Andrew Bogut

    Andrew Bogut was steadily solid in this game. The Aussie scored 17 points off 6-of-7 shooting and hit on five of his seven free-throw attempts. He also grabbed six rebounds and played physical defense.

    There was a moment in the second quarter when Bogut laid a hard foul on DeAndre Jordan to which Jordan took exception. Jordan shoved Bogut, and Bogut shoved back in retaliation. You like to see that out of your center every once in a while.

    Grade: B+

     

    DeAndre Jordan

    You have to love the effort by Jordan tonight.

    The Clips big man scored nine points and hauled in 17 rebounds, 10 of them coming on the offensive end. That is absolutely incredible, and this outing comes after a 17-point, 11-rebound performance against the Lakers on opening night.

    You would like to see much better efficiency out of Jordan, as he shot only 3-of-9 from the floor, but those rebounds are too hard to ignore. Oh, and he air-balled a free throw. Not that that should come as a surprise, as Jordan isn't exactly Stephen Curry at the line (he shot 3-of-12 from the stripe overall).

    Grade: A-

     

     

Sixth Man

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    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford was sensational off the bench for the Clippers. The guard scored 19 points off 7-of-13 shooting and nailed a couple of dagger threes in the fourth to thwart Golden State runs.

    Sure, there were a couple of instances where Crawford took shots he probably should not have taken (what's new?), but for the most part, Crawford played intelligent basketball, and that is reflected in his efficiency from the floor.

    Just about every other team in the league would kill to have J-Craw coming off of their pine. He is the definition of a sparkplug.

    Grade: A

     

    Jermaine O'Neal

    Jermaine O'Neal was the first man off the bench for the Warriors in this one, but he didn't do much to merit such consideration by Mark Jackson. The big man scored four points and grabbed three rebounds while shooting only 1-of-6 from the floor in 16 minutes.

    Grade: D+

Bench

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    Warriors

    The Golden State bench put forth a rather lackluster effort in this one. While Draymond Green scored four points and pulled down seven rebounds, he played carelessly, picking up five fouls in 19 minutes. He also drew a technical foul and was clearly frustrated throughout most of the night.

    Marreese Speights scored six points off 2-of-5 shooting, but his impact on the glass (two rebounds) and defensively was minimal. Toney Douglas also saw 10 minutes of floor time, but he didn't register a single point.

    Overall, this wasn't a very good outing for the Warriors pine, O'Neal included.

    Grade: C-

     

    Clippers

    While Crawford was a reliable source of offense, the rest of Los Angeles' bench didn't make much of a dent offensively. However, Matt Barnes ended up registering a plus-8 in 18 minutes of action, tallying four points and three boards. He went 0-of-4 from the floor, but his presence was clearly felt defensively with some physical play.

    Ryan Hollins also brought quite a bit of energy in his limited burn, scoring four points in four minutes. Byron Mullens was simply awful, though, bricking all four of his three-point attempts and going scoreless. Not only that, but he posted a minus-10.

    Overall, this was a so-so night for L.A.'s reserves. The good news is that they did not give the game away when they were on the floor.

    Grade: C

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