It didn't take long for the Thunder to expose Griffin as an uninterested, lazy defender. Whether it was in the pick-and-roll or protecting the paint, Griffin offered very little resistance or support for his teammates. The Thunder started the game with four straight dunks or layups and scored on every possession for seven straight minutes. Is that something a superstar power forward should ever let happen?
The Clippers' offense was even more stagnant than usual, and at some point, you have to put some of the blame on Paul. It's hard to push the pace when you're taking the ball out of your own net all game, but Paul put very little pressure on the Thunder defense all night, opting instead to walk it up and defer in the half court.
After riding the pine for the entire game against Indiana on Tuesday, Foye returned to the starting lineup and kept the Clippers' offense afloat. Foye is the definition of a streaky shooter, but his value increases exponentially when he shoots 3s the way he did in OKC instead of very long 2s. Foye's hot shooting made the game's final result ugly instead of downright embarrassing.
The Clippers still haven't figured it out. They watched open shooters shoot, they fell asleep away from the ball and they let Oklahoma City put on a clinic in ball movement with their lazy rotations. Vinny Del Negro going zone for much of the game said it all -- the Clippers lack the ability and the schemes to stay in front of anyone.
The Thunder jumped all over the Clippers early, and Kendrick Perkins exacted some revenge by fouling Griffin hard on one of his first (and only) drives to the rim. Message sent. Where was the Clippers team that easily dispatched the Thunder in their first meeting? That team is long gone, and all that's left is a bunch of individuals.