2017: As noted above, the Griffin injury hurt, but so did not taking advantage of Rudy Gobert missing nearly the entirety of Game 1 with a knee injury. Yes, Paul had a poor Game 7 by his standards to close the series (13 points and nine assists on 6-of-19 shooting). But the Clippers don’t force a winner-take-all contest unless Paul goes nuts at the end of Game 6. Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Joe Johnson deserve praise for their performances as well.
Blame percentages: Griffin injury (33 percent), Blown Game 1 Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys opportunity (19 percent), Iso Joe (18 percent), Hayward’s slick shooting (17 percent), Paul’s poor Game 7 (8 percent), Hayward’s slick hair (5 percent).
Rockets guard Pat Beverley will be fined $25,000 for an exchange with a Thunder fan following Friday’s Game 3 matchup, ESPN reported Sunday.
He will not face suspension for the confrontation following his team’s 115-113 loss at Oklahoma City.
Beverly had a verbal encounter with Stuart Scaramucci, son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci, during the second quarter of Friday’s game after he was fouled and fell to the floor in front of Scaramucci’s seat.
Beverly wasn’t particularly pleased with the exchange in Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys the first half and approached Scaramucci after the game ended. The two got into a heated discussion before Beverly exited the court as fans screamed at him.
The Rockets hold a 2-1 lead over the Thunder in the opening series, with Game 4 scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City.