The only guy that could slow down Blake Griffin's post-scoring bonanza was wearing stripes. Although he was dominant offensively in limited minutes due to foul trouble, you can't let Griffin off the hook defensively: Ekpe Udoh and David Lee torched the Clips frontcourt for a combined 43 points, and the pick-and-roll defense on Monta Ellis was just as bad.
This was the definition of uncharacteristic for Chris Paul. Usually he takes over the scoring load in the fourth period, but tonight he did in the second period. It's not very often you'll see Paul have zero fourth-quarter points and five turnovers, but hopefully for the Clips, he won't get discouraged by the end result. Paul's early offense was needed in this one.
Never one to shy away from a good old fashioned shootout, Mo Williams came off the bench and kept the Clippers in the game with his gunning from deep. The role reversal with Paul in the second half probably should have worked, but the Clippers simply couldn't manage to get a stop after Williams knocked in shot after shot.
When the Clippers' starting wings aren't making shots, they struggle to have an impact on the game elsewhere. Caron Butler and Randy Foye combined to go 7-for-23 from the field, but made matters worse by providing no dribble penetration, no help defense, and very little rebounding. Paul and Griffin needed solid defensive role players tonight more than anything else.
The Warriors still present a tricky trap for visiting teams -- engage them in high-scoring, jump-shooting battles, and you'll probably come out of Oracle Arena with a loss. When Monta Ellis is decisive with the ball and the W's get that sort of production out of their frontcourt, they're capable of surprising some of the league's best teams.