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Clippers down Blazers 115-95 with 3 double-doubles in Game 1

Clippers down Blazers 115-95 with 3 double-doubles in Game 1

He finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. DeAndre Jordan's foul shooting wasn't a liability. When he was asked Saturday what he took from it, his eyes verified that.

Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, right, celebrates his 3-point basket with Blake Griffin in the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Clippers forward made giant leaps of mankind with three thunderous dunks. To Griffin, that should mean something.

"What I liked is we did it without waiting or trying to get Blake going", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "Everybody kind of knows what to expect, everybody knows what to do. So we're pleased to be here, but I wouldn't say that we're necessarily surprised".

"But at the same time, we've been in situations in the playoffs where things can go insane pretty quickly", Griffin said. "Today I thought was the first day he had great timing as well, so that was good for us". "I'm anxious to get started, is what I am". Stotts reportedly stood before his players in January and guaranteed they would make the playoffs if they became a top-15 defensive team, something that happened over the season's final three months.

After somewhat surprising success in the regular season, can the Portland Trail Blazers translate that success to the playoffs against the Clippers?

And he stood by Griffin after the All-Star forward punched a team equipment manager, resulting in a broken hand. There was emphasis on the latter. It was a night where warning signs were few and all seemed normal for a team that needed exactly what it earned, a 20-point ambushing of the Blazers. "But if your defense stays strong, you still have a chance to win the game". It was a struggle for the Blazers all night and shooting free-throws was a struggle for Jordan. Clippers have won 53 matches while Portland has done it only 44 times. CJ McCollum missed one game due to a clerical error, Damian Lillard missed most of another, Griffin was only around for the first two contests, and JJ Redick hit a game-winner in another. The Clippers immediately returned the favor, as they fouled Ed Davis, sending him to the line for two free-bees. "We just have to be able to come out and limit those guys to one shot and really control the glass".

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Redick is still dealing with some pain in that heel, and while his status is still in doubt, he and the Clippers are hopeful that he can give it a go in game one. At that time he was averaging career highs in points and player efficiency rating while only trailing Stephen Curry in points per game and three-pointers made amongst point guards.

Of course, as Clippers point guard Chris Paul noted Friday, it's not like the Trail Blazers had much of a choice.

The Blazers - a team that beat the playoff odds after losing four of five starters from a season ago - will look to bounce back from the tough loss in Game 2 on Wednesday, but with Griffin playing at this level in addition to the continued heroics of Chris Paul, it will surely be easier said than done.

"You don't miss the amount of games that (he missed) and just be back to the ideal fit for yourself, not the team. Maybe I just need to be better instead of thinking that somebody did me wrong", he said.

"I felt good", Griffin added to Kavner. "I'm encouraged by all of that".

DeAndre Jordan recorded 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, while J.J. Redick chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who blew the game open in the third quarter. He's probable for Sunday. He shot a mere 32.4 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from deep, both well below his season averages.


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