NBA Playoff Roundtable: Pleasant Surprises and More

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NBA Playoffs Roundtable is KJG’s daily column, in which our writers give their take on three of the hottest stories of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

Apr 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) controls the ball against the Memphis Grizzlies during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The most pleasant surprise from Monday’s game 2 action was…

Vytis Lasaitis: Blake Griffin’s big game. It’s not really surprising that Griffin puts up nice numbers, but his overall performance was a joy to watch. In game 1, he was clearly hindered by his back injury and his numbers suffered – 10 points, 5 rebounds. Even though he wasn’t himself in game 1, the Clippers still cruised. Game 2 was a whole new story. Griffin had to have a big game and he did, scoring 21 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. He controlled the game out of the post and looked dominant.

Connor Cook: I’m not sure if this was a surprise or not, but I can’t understate how great of a game Chris Paul had last night. Chris Paul was his normal Point God self, shooting 9-17 from the field, scoring the Clippers’ last eight points, hitting a tough game-winner while being guarded by Tony Allen (who himself had a very nice game), and dishing out nine assists. Currently, he’s the surest thing in the NBA not named LeBron James.

Are the Brooklyn Nets in trouble…?

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