GAME 3: WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Here’s a glimpse at what the Clippers were talking about Thursday morning at shootaround prior to Game 3:

Asked what he said to team about playing in Oracle Arena during the Playoffs…

Matt Barnes: “Without really overdoing it, I told them this is something that you’ve probably never experienced. It’s going to be very important for us to stick together through the ups and downs and their runs and our runs. We’ve got to stay even-keeled tonight.”

 

Asked if Blake Griffin is tough to double-team…

Chris Paul: “He’s really tough to double-team because you almost have to double-team and when you do he can make teams pay.”

 

Jamal Crawford: “I wouldn’t say it was like the first time at all. The first time was its own entity. It’s a little familiar with maybe the Atlanta [injury].”

Asked if he is going to monitor Chris Paul and his injured hamstring during the game…

Asked if he is going to monitor Chris Paul and his injured hamstring during the game…

Doc Rivers: “Yeah, I think so. I think he’s OK. But I’m just going to watch him. His is pretty obvious. You can tell right away when he’s struggling moving, so that’s not a hard one to read.”