LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers took Stephen Curry away for an entire half, took away all the energy, and took away most everything the Warriors could want or hope to do on Monday.

What was left of the Warriors then? Nothing, there was nothing but a crumpled pile of blue uniforms.

No Curry magic (until a too-little-too-late third-quarter flurry), no grand Warriors strategies, no push-back, no chance.

Two days after Mark Jackson, David Lee, Curry and the Warriors pushed and powered their way to a Game 1 victory at Staples Center, all the mojo went away in the Clippers' 138-98 Game 2 victory.

"We got drilled," Jackson said solemnly afterward. "We got thoroughly outplayed.

"Nothing you can do about that. This is on us."

Now the Warriors have to get it back, starting with Game 3 on Thursday at Oracle Arena, or else this series could get real ugly, real fast.

That is, if the Clippers let them get any of it back.

Point made: The Clippers, at their best, are much better than the Warriors, who are without starting center Andrew Bogut.

Which leads to the question: Did the Clippers just knock the Warriors into submission for the rest of this series?

Though this was a debacle, Jackson said it's important to keep this in perspective -- this series is tied now his players can find strength in returning to their home arena and home fans.


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"One thing I will not do, I will not act like I've never seen playoff basketball before," Jackson said. "This happens ...

"But I will say this, just like I told my team, for 82 games we earned the sixth seed. We came here and earned home-court advantage.

"So we will not over-react ... Now we go before the best fans in the business and we look forward to it."

After this performance, the Warriors will need every jolt of electricity that Oracle can give them, that's for sure.

From the start of Game 2, the Clippers did a lot of hammering and the Warriors went to the canvas quickly and seemed woozy the rest of the way.

When Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan play as shakily they did in Game 1, the Warriors have a chance--and the Warriors took advantage of it on Saturday.

But when Paul, Griffin, Jordan and their supporting players play as passionately and effectively they did in Game 2 ... they get up by 30 in the third quarter.

And the Warriors are almost an afterthought while Griffin and Jordan soar to the rim and the Clipper Highlight Reel unspools.

For the most important parts of Game 2, the Clippers swarmed Curry, who made only one basket and scored four points in the first half.

"I think it was a little bit of us, yeah," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Curry's invisibility. "But he also was trying to get his teammates involved."

But it didn't work that way for the Warriors, and then the Clippers used that energy to blast through the Warriors' defense.

Just like in Game 1, the Clippers bolted to an emotional early lead right off the bat on Monday.

But unlike in Game 1, on Monday the Clippers kept charging and charging and the Warriors never mustered a significant counterattack.

Big difference: Griffin, who was limited to 19 minutes and 16 points in Game 1 due to foul trouble, had 20 points in 21 minutes in Game 2's first half alone.

"Anybody who knows basketball knew he was going to come out more aggressive," Warriors forward Draymond Green said of Griffin.

Bigger difference: After his overwrought and out-of-control effort in Game 1, Paul was in total control in Game 2.

Meanwhile, Curry struggled against the Clippers' double-teams, Klay Thompson got into early foul trouble, and nobody else on the Warriors roster was up for the test.

By halftime, the Clippers were up by 26 points, Curry had only one made basket, and the game was essentially over.

By early in the third quarter, the lead was 30 and thoughts were already turning to Game 3, which now shapes up as the pivotal moment in this series.

Can the Warriors get Curry free? Can Thompson stay out of foul trouble while defending Paul?

Will Lee, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes or anybody else step in and give the Warriors what Danny Granger (15 points) and Matt Barnes (13 points) gave the Clippers in Game 2?

That's up to coach Mark Jackson and it's up to the Warriors players.

They don't have a lot of time to figure this out, and they certainly know that the Clippers have more talent and made the right adjustments on Monday.

The series got real for the Clippers in Game 2, and it suddenly got into serious danger territory for the Warriors.

Read Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami. Contact him at tkawakami@mercurynews.com.