OAKLAND -- David Lee is blunt. He said Friday that a lot of the carnage in the paint dealt by Clippers' Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan the past two games is his fault, and he vowed to rectify that Sunday in Game 4.
Griffin has been overwhelming Lee's defense and Jordan has been suffocating his offense, so it's been a double negative for the Warriors' forward since Game 1. It's no coincidence the Warriors have dropped the past two games and trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.
Griffin has posted 35- and 32-point performances and made 28 of 42 shots. Lee, by contrast, has had back-to-back games of 11 and 12 points and has made 10 of 23 shots.
Hence, the task is clear for Lee -- more physical defense on Griffin, more forceful offense against Jordan.
"After winning the battle against Blake in Game 1, he's outplayed me the last two games," Lee said. "I need to start the game setting a better tone on him. I thought we started the game well on him last night, but in the third quarter, he did a very good job of establishing the tone. I can live with him making outside shots -- fadeaway jumpers or long twos with a hand in his face. But some of the stuff he got at the rim needs to be better contested, and it starts before the catch.
"That's on me," he added. "I'll be better on Sunday, I can promise you that. He's played two good games in a row. But this series is not over, and I'm going to keep battling, that's for sure."
As for Jordan, who has blocked several of Lee's patented post-ups and altered shots at the rim on a number of other occasions, Lee thinks it's just a case of attacking with more aggression and guile.
"I feel we're letting DeAndre be too much of a presence in there and deter what we're doing," he said. "It wouldn't be as much of an issue if we were making a bunch of jump shots. But at this point, I think we need to attack first and then go from there."
"We need him to be aggressive, particularly in a matchup (against J.J. Redick) where we feel like he has the advantage," Jackson said. "I thought he played the way I like to see him play. He can win his matchup, and I think it's at best a standstill, and that's not acceptable for us."
Iguodala did assume some of the ballhandling duties during Game 3 to allow Stephen Curry to operate off the ball. He thinks he'll do more.
"I got some good looks and found some things they've been trying to take away from Steph and Klay (Thompson)," Iguodala said. "I got in a position where I could be a threat, I'm going to continue to look for them and try to make some things happen."
"I thought it was well deserved. Sometimes you appreciate guys more when they're gone than when they were," the coach said. "I'm sure it works both ways. He's a guy who certainly appreciates, values and misses his time here."
"Luckily there are no back to backs, so I'll be ready by Sunday," he said.
"I didn't think it was a foul then, and after watching it again, I still don't think it's a foul," Rivers said. "(Curry) made it look good, but it wasn't a foul."
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