The Clippers lost Game Three to a score of 96-88, although the final score betrays how close the game actually was. Without exhaustive summary of the game (you can find our game recap here), we can say that J.J. Redick and Blake Griffin were among the players that did not quite live up to expectations.
While Redick went 2/10 without a free throw attempt, Blake was 5/16 from the field with only two free throw attempts. Plus, Blake had three turnovers and only 7 rebounds -- an area in which the Blazers outdid the Clippers handily. Clearly, the two were struggling from the field.
After the game, as reported by Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Redick felt the Clippers were lacking in a couple areas:
J.J. Redick: "I think some of it was us just not doing things as hard as we did in the first two games."— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) April 24, 2016
Rebounding? Shooting? Defending? Probably a bit of each.
Blake Griffin, on the other hand, directly took the blame for the loss:
Blake Griffin: "I’ve got to be better at the end of the game in order for us to win. I take that one. It’s on me."— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) April 24, 2016
Griffin is famously a blame-taker, so this comes as no surprise. But, of course, Lillard and McCollum combining for 59 points has a lot to do with the loss, as well.