Clippers turn up the volume

Chris Paul and the Clippers are expected to improve defensively under coach Doc Rivers. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/
Chris Paul and the Clippers are expected to improve defensively under coach Doc Rivers. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/

Los Angeles—The Clippers showed a different side of their team on Monday night at the Staples Center.We don’t get to see impeccable performances from teams very often; the Clippers played one of their best games of the season against the immaculate San Antonio Spurs.

And Blake Griffin was the leading scorer. He finished the game with 27 points, hitting 11 of 15 free throws, helping his team get the 115-92 victory.

“The best part about this game was we knew what we had to do,” Griffin said. “We executed our game plan. Even when they made runs, nobody got down. That positive attitude is big.”

After returning home from a not so riveting 4-3-road trip, they took their frustrations out on the Spurs. They stayed aggressive on offense and defense from the beginning to the end of the game.

The Clippers went on a 19-0 run in the second half. The spurs also had 22 turnovers. Which means the Clippers played solid defense.

Chris Paul was jovial about the win, but as always, he doesn’t look to far into what they’re doing in the regular season.

“Another good win for us coming off the road trip,” said Paul. We got to get past it.”

One standout player who’s playing with confidence is Griffin. He’s been a huge asset for the Clippers. We are witnessing something we have never seen. This is perhaps, the most excellent season he’s played, since making his NBA debut in 2009. How often did we see Griffin drill a 17-footer? Exactly, not a whole lot, but head coach Doc Rivers is bringing the talent out of him.

His game has emerged offensively and defensively. And his teammate Paul is aware of the aggressiveness on the floor; he supports him 100 percent.

“I love when [Griffin] demands the ball,” Clippers guard Paul said. We’re going to keep playing through him until he tells us otherwise.”

Another person who noticed Griffin’s revamped game-style was Spurs coach Greg Popovich.

“I thought he mixed it up really well,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He looked confident trying to shoot a jumper. Then he’d drive. Then he’d go to the post. He varied his game more than usual, and I think that’s great for him.”

The Clippers will need him to step on the court every night with an attitude. Especially with J.J. Redick out of service recovering from a bone fracture in his right hand.

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