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NBA: Trail Blazers Vs. Clippers Recap
- Updated: April 25, 2016
The Trail Blazers are not as talented as the team they are playing, as was the case for most of the season. That fact did not stop Portland from succeeding in game 3 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Portland beat the Clippers in every hustle category in game three, leading to a 96 to 88 victory.
Hustle was not the only thing that led Portland to victory however, a backcourt explosion from Damian Lillard and C.J McCollum ensured a Trail Blazers win. Lillard and McCollum combined to shoot 21-42 from the field for 59 points.
In contrast, the Clippers backcourt of Chris Paul and J.J Redick combined for only 31 points, with Paul shouldering most of the load with 26 points.
For Portland to win game four, Lillard needs another huge performance to match Paul, along with Mccollum who has the advantage on any two guard L.A puts on him.
While it is expected that the backcourt of Lillard and McCollum will give L.A trouble, the Clippers frontcourt of Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan was expected to dominate this series, making up for the even backcourt match-up between these teams.
Griffin struggled offensively in game three scoring only 12 points with seven rebounds. Jordan added 11 points and 16 rebounds.
The Trail Blazers front court was buoyed in game three by the spectacular play of Mason Plumlee. Plumlee played a great all-around game with 6 points, 21 rebounds and 8 assists. Plumlee’s frontcourt mates Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu combined for 19 points and 14 rebounds.
The Clippers appear to lack the ability that true elite teams have of finishing teams inferior to them early in a series.
After game threes performance by the Trail Blazers it is clear that L.A is on upset alert. If Portland can continue to play with a sense of urgency while getting unexpected production from their frontcourt, L.A may be in for a longer series than they expected.