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

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Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Postgame Grades and Analysis
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DeAndre Jordan posted 25 points and 18 rebounds, Chris Paul scored 20 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors, 113-103, at the Staples Center Tuesday night, taking a 3-2 lead in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

The atmosphere in the arena was buzzing with the game coming hours after it was announced that Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA for racist comments, per ESPN.com.

Los Angeles brought plenty of energy early, taking a 31-21 lead after one quarter of play. The Warriors would battle back, though, making it a 55-50 game at the half.

However, outside of a very short-lived Golden State lead late in the third period, the Clippers were ahead for most of the way, and they held a comfortable lead for most of the final frame.

L.A. shot 48.7 percent from the floor, making eight of its 20 shots from behind the arc. It also made 31 free throws, as opposed to only 13 for the Warriors.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 21 points.

Game 6 will be back at Oracle Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday.

 

Key Player Grades

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry, Point Guard

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Stephen Curry was never able to get going in this one.

You can criticize him for not being aggressive enough or laud Chris Paul and the Clippers defense for making things tough on him like they have done for much of this series (save Game 4), but whatever it was, Curry never really made a significant imprint on this game.

He shot the ball well, going 5-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three, but the problem is that he did not take enough shots, and he didn't go on one of his patented runs. Curry's points were scattered, scoring three in the first period, four in the second, five in the third and five in the fourth.

Also, unlike other times when Curry wasn't able to get his own offense, he didn't really create a lot of offense for his teammates, tallying only four assists.

The worst part? Curry had eight of Golden State's 12 turnovers. That drags his grade down considerably.

Grade: C

 

Klay Thompson, Shooting Guard

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Klay Thompson was the most aggressive player on the floor for the Warriors in Game 5, scoring 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting.

Thompson looked for his offense early and often, getting to the hole and posting up when he had a smaller defender on him. He also shot the ball well from distance, going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc.

Thompson added five rebounds and four assists to his totals.

The one downside was that he didn't get to the charity stripe.

Other than that, this was a solid performance for Thompson.

Grade: B+

 

Andre Iguodala, Small Forward

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Andre Iguodala had a very nice all-around outing Tuesday night, posting an impressive line of 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

He did a great job defensively, as well, and his two steals indicate that he was excellent in playing the passing lanes and disrupting the Clippers' flow.

Iguodala made some plays that kept the Warriors in the game, and he was also fairly efficient, going 7-of-15 from the floor and burying a couple of triples.

He also recorded only one turnover in 42 minutes.

Grade: A-

 

David Lee, Center

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David Lee has always been a steady player (at least offensively and on the glass), and that steadiness continued in Game 5.

The Golden State big man tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds, five of those coming on the offensive end. He did an incredible job creating second possessions for the Dubs and also made some very nice passes, as evidenced by his four assists.

His floor vision for a big is very impressive.

Unfortunately for Lee, all of that production came in a pivotal loss.

Grade: A-

 

Draymond Green, Power Forward

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Draymond Green is developing into a very useful role player right before our eyes.

If you weren't that familiar with his game before this series, hopefully you are now, because this kid is going to have a long, fulfilling career ahead of him if he keeps this up.

Despite being undersized, Green battled furiously in the post with Blake Griffin, forcing him to catch the ball further away from the basket than the L.A. big man would like and using all of his weight to keep Griffin from getting easy looks.

Green posted 10 points and 11 rebounds, five of those coming on the offensive end.

His stats may not jump off the page, but his impact on the floor cannot be overstated.

Grade: B

 

Harrison Barnes, Sixth Man

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After a solid Game 4, Harrison Barnes reverted right back to his nasty habits in Game 5.

It used to be that Barnes would be on the floor in crunch time when the Warriors went to a small-ball lineup. Remember that last postseason? Yeah, that isn't the case anymore, and who could blame Mark Jackson?

Barnes went 2-of-6 from the floor, scoring only five points in 22 minutes. He did not log a single rebound.

Barnes is still very young, so there is plenty of time for him to develop into a dependable player, but the regression that he has shown this year is hardly encouraging.

Grade: D-

 

Bench

Jermaine O'Neal did a very solid job for the Warriors, contributing eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes. He shot 4-of-8 from the floor and got his hands on a lot of loose balls around the glass. Plus, he played solid defense in the post.

Marreese Speights put in 10 good minutes of his own. He scored four points, but that wasn't where he made his most noticeable impact. That came in his post defense on Griffin, bodying up the Clippers star and making it very difficult for him to get off shots inside.

Jordan Crawford added two points in four minutes.

Grade: B-

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul, Point Guard

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Chris Paul struggled mightily in the first half, going 2-of-8 from the floor for only five points. However, the perennial All-Star came to life in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his 20 points.

Paul hit two gigantic threes during that third period. One of them gave the Clippers the lead back after Golden State briefly took a one-point edge on a Curry triple, and the other came toward the end of the period to put L.A. up by five.

Outside of that stretch, Paul was never really in any kind of a rhythm offensively throughout the contest, but his production during the third was critical and helped stem the tide.

CP3 added seven assists, six rebounds and five steals, so the rest of his stat line was pretty darn impressive. 

He shot 6-of-17 from the field overall, but he made three of his five long-range attempts and hit all five of his free-throw tries.

Grade: B+

 

Blake Griffin, Power Forward

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Griffin got off to a very inauspicious start in this one, missing eight of his first nine shots, including a number of relatively easy shots at the rim. He was clearly frustrated, forcing up contested field-goal attempts and yelling for foul calls.

Griffin then settled down and came to life, making five consecutive shots as he took more of a patient approach offensively.

He scored eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, taking over the game.

Blake added seven rebounds and four assists. He shot 6-of-14 from the field and went 6-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Grade: B-

 

DeAndre Jordan, Center

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After a miserable Game 4 effort in which DeAndre Jordan failed to register a point and only pulled down six rebounds, he returned to being the dominant force that we are used to seeing in Game 5.

As a matter of fact, he was clearly the best player on the floor.

The center posted a superb line of 25 points, 18 rebounds (six offensive) and four blocks, shooting 8-of-10 from the floor and throwing down some thunderous dunks in the process. He even shot above 50 percent from the free-throw line, going 9-of-17.

Jordan's rim protection has truly become elite, with his mere presence on the floor altering the way the Warriors run their offense. Whenever Jordan is out of the game, Golden State sees it as an opportunity to freely attack the basket, but when he is on the court, there is a noticeable difference in the Warriors' aggression, and they are more apt to shoot perimeter shots.

He is the MVP of this series so far and maybe even the postseason in general.

Grade: A+

 

J.J. Redick, Shooting Guard

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This was a quiet outing for J.J. Redick.

The sharpshooting 2-guard went only 3-of-8 from the floor, misfiring on all three of his long-range attempts.

He finished with eight points and three assists in 28 minutes.

Grade: D+

 

Matt Barnes, Small Forward

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Matt Barnes is such a wild card for this Clippers team.

Some games, he'll hit five threes and go for 20 points, and in others, he'll be nearly invisible offensively. The latter was more the case in Game 5.

Barnes scored only six points, all of them coming in the first half. He went 2-of-5 from the floor with both of his made field goals being triples.

At least he played some physical defense, though. Barnes also contributed four boards in 31 minutes.

Grade: D+

 

Jamal Crawford, Sixth Man

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Jamal Crawford was up to his old tricks Tuesday night, pouring in 19 big points in 23 minutes off the bench.

What we're not necessarily accustomed too, though, is seeing Crawford do it efficiently, but he answered the bell in Game 5, shooting 7-of-13 and nailing a couple of three-pointers.

Most importantly, 13 of Crawford's points came during the second half, so the guard was there when the Clippers needed him most.

Grade: A-

 

Bench

Darren Collison was absolutely huge for the Clippers in the first half, scoring 11 of his 15 points. He went 4-of-6 from the floor over the first two quarters (4-of-7 overall), burying a trey and making things happen in transition. That was especially huge with both Griffin and Paul struggling early.

Collison also continued to be a pest on Curry defensively, sticking to him around screens and not giving him any room to get shots off. Finally, he was a perfect 6-of-6 from the stripe.

Outside of Collison, however, the rest of L.A.'s bench was M.I.A.

Glen Davis scored two points on one shot in eight minutes. He was the only other reserve to score.

Danny Granger and Hedo Turkoglu both saw five minutes, but Granger made no impact, and Turkoglu left the game after taking a nasty spill.

Collison delivered, though, and that counts.

Grade: B+

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