The Golden State Warriors sent a message to the L.A. Clippers and everyone who doubted them by scoring a 109-105 win at Staples Center today.
That was crazy enough to spend some time chewing on, but here are three random crazy things that happened in the game.
1. The Warriors won the game without Bogut and 20 minutes of Andre Iguodala
Warriors fans: I’m not gonna hide from saying they had no chance with Bogut out. Props for winning game 1!— Nate Jones (@JonesOnTheNBA) April 19, 2014
There's no way I would've expected this team to win with Andre Iguodala fouling out after just 20 minutes of game time. That was big, huge, and (for me) totally unexpected. Yet it's at least partially because the Clippers suffered from their own foul woes.
2. The two teams combined for 51 fouls.
Doc Rivers says all the hype before the game absolutely had an impact on how the game was officiated #Clippers #Warriors— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) April 19, 2014
With center Andrew Bogut already out of the game for the Warriors, the very last thing we wanted to see what Andre Iguodala fouling out. As entertaining as the game was and this series figures to continue being, it was also a shame that Blake Griffin fouled out with a few questionable fouls of his own. Chris Paul was limited by five fouls while David Lee missed a significant portion of the first half in foul trouble as well.
Just as a fan of basketball, that's not what you want to see in the playoffs, especially given the way Griffin and Iguodala picked up a couple of those fouls. However, I feel little sympathy for Paul, however, since he started the game spending an inordinate amount of time trying to draw random fouls by flailing himself around. In fact, it seemed to be a strategy for the Clips. If nothing else, let's credit the refs for not falling for such nonsense - Paul's foul trouble was just the consequence the basketball gods deemed appropriate
3. Blake Griffin doused a fan on his way out of the game.
This is a metaphor for the referees dumping cold water on this game http://t.co/ASnkm5w1J3 https://t.co/VY06mw0RtK— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) April 19, 2014
No additional words necessary: Prada nailed it.
Now, we celebrate.