OAKLAND -- Accepting that his team faces a 2-1 deficit in its playoff series against the Clippers largely because of the work of Los Angeles power forward Blake Griffin, Warriors power forward David Lee pointed the finger at himself.
"A lot of the shots that we talked about coming into this series forcing him to make, are shots he's not only taking but he's made these last two games," Lee said before practice Friday. "I can live with him making fadeaway jumpers and outside shots.
"But some of the stuff he got at the rim (Thursday) night needs to be better contested. It starts before the catch, forcing him off the block to give our guys a better chance to dig. That's on me. I know other guys guarded him, but to start the game I need to set that tone.
"I'll be better on Sunday, I can promise you that. He's played well two games in a row, but this series is not over and I'm a guy that's going to keep battling."
In previewing this first-round series, Lee-Griffin was one of the pivotal matchups. Griffin has been dominating during the past two games, another such performance would leave the Warriors in a 3-1 hole going back to Los Angeles.
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"After winning the battle in Game 1 against Blake, he's outplayed me the last two games," Lee said. "I need to start the game setting a better tone on him. We started the game well on him (Thursday) night, but in the third quarter he did a very good job of establishing the tone."
Griffin opened the third quarter with 10 points in less than three minutes. Working mostly against Lee, Griffin made 5-of-6 shots during the stretch.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson summoned Draymond Green to replace Lee, after which Griffin missed his next four shots.