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Ten Before Tip: Monday's playoff news


POSTED: Apr 21, 2014 9:35 PM ET

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• The Warriors will try to take a 2-0 series lead for the first time since 1989 on Monday night when they visit the Clippers for Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series. Golden State won a foul-plagued Game 1 on Saturday afternoon at Staples Center, grabbing its first 1-0 lead since 2007. The Warriors will have to get by without starting center Andrew Bogut once again, as the 7-footer is still in Oakland recovering from a fractured rib suffered eight days ago. Jermaine O'Neal did a solid job as his replacement in the series opener, particularly in the third quarter, when he scored eight of his 13 points.

• Clippers point guard Chris Paul grabbed at his right hamstring a couple times during the Game 1 loss and was seen receiving treatment while on the bench, but he's a go for tonight, according to L.A. coach Doc Rivers. That's about all Rivers wanted to reveal about Paul, who struggled with a strained hip flexor during his first playoff run with the Clippers two seasons ago. "I don't want to talk about that," Rivers responded when asked about his concern level with Paul.

• Keeping leading scorer Blake Griffin on the floor will be a priority for the Clippers as they look to even the series. Griffin was limited to 20 minutes on Saturday because of foul trouble, scoring 16 points and taking just three rebounds. In the four previous games against the Warriors this season, Griffin averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds. Interestingly, it was the third consecutive postseason game that Griffin has played 20 minutes or less, as he was limited in the final two games of last season's playoff loss to the Grizzlies because of a sprained ankle. Golden State guard Andre Iguodala will also need to do a better job adjusting to the officiating, as he fouled out in just 21 minutes in the series opener.

• The Clippers also need a bounce-back game from sixth man Jamal Crawford, who shot 2-for-11 in Game 1 for nine points, half his regular-season average. Crawford still needs to prove he can excel this time of year, as he's shooting just 37.4 percent from the field in 30 career playoff games, compared to 41.1 percent in the regular season. Crawford, who is usually on the floor to close out games, gave way to Darren Collison for most of the final five minutes on Saturday.

• The Grizzlies will have forward Tayshaun Prince back Monday night for Game 2 of their playoff series with the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Prince played only four minutes in Saturday's Game 1 before leaving with an illness. "He's a lot closer to 100 percent tonight," said Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger before the game. "He's done a great job against the premier [small forwards] in the league this season." Prince will defend Kevin Durant, who now has the fourth-highest playoff scoring average (28.7 points) in NBA history. Durant led all scorers with 33 points in Game 1. However, when Tony Allen guarded Durant in Game 1 KD was just 4-for-11 overall and 1-for-4 on threes. He was 2-for-3 when Prince was on him.

• The Thunder got off to a blazing start Saturday, leading by as many as 25 points in the first half. Durant said Monday he and his teammates must do that again. "They wanna start stronger than what they did last game and we know that," he told reporters after the team's shootaround. "We gotta be able to punch them first, instead of just layin back and waiting for them to punch us. We've gotta be the first hitter."

• The Thunder had 32 fast-break points Saturday. Joerger said his players "have gotta do a better job of getting back early" to slow down some of those transition plays. They managed to do that in regular season. In the four games they played against each other the Thunder averaged 11.5 points in transition.

• Game 2's magic number may be 100. The Grizzlies are 63-8 over the last two seasons when scoring at least 100 points. On the other hand, when opponents get to triple digits the Grizz were just 7-20 in the regular season. With the Thunder scoring exactly 100 points in Game 1, Memphis is 0-1 in this season's playoffs when an opponent hits that number.

• The Thunder are 21-8 in playoff games at OKC's Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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