In games 1 through 5 Blake Griffin took 21 shots in the 4th quarter. He made 4. In game 5 the Clippers as a unit shot a woeful 7 percent from the 3-point arc, going 1-of-14. Even then the Clippers lost by only four points, 111-107. In Game 7, the Clippers might survive a poor shooting night from outside (much as they’d love to have Jamal Crawford get hot) — but what they can’t usually overcome is inefficiency from Blake Griffin down low.
In Game 6, Griffin was extraordinary with 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. As if to prove their outside shooting hardly matters, the Clippers won Game 6 despite shooting only 22 percent on 3-point attempts, going 4-of-18. That stat didn’t matter largely because Griffin shot 11-of-21 from the field. If Blake Griffin shoots 50 percent from the floor in Game 7, the Spurs will find the Clippers very tough to beat.