Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has questioned the support the team receive from their fans after the loss to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
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This isn’t the first time that the players have brought up the issue, with point guard Chris Paul also discussing it with the media earlier in the season.
Griffin took issue with the support, or lack of, during the loss to rivals Golden State, and he believes that it doesn’t even matter if the Clippers claim a top-four finish in the Western Conference which secures home court advantage in the post-season.
“Home-court advantage is just not there for us. If that’s how it feels in the playoffs, it’s not looking good,” Griffin said, ESPN reported.
“I don’t know what we could do, but it would be great if it wasn’t that way. It’s kind of like when we play the Lakers. I don’t know, maybe worse. It’s one of those things where it would be great if it wasn’t like that.”
Warriors fans could be heard at the Staples Center throughout the game cheering baskets from their team, while Stephen Curry received ‘MVP’ chants when he stepped up to the free throw line.
Several Clippers players were seen looking up at the crowd and shaking their heads, while Griffin was left baffled by the situation and was left to wonder they have to do to create a better atmosphere for the home team, especially after he scored 40 points in the defeat.
Paul questioned the fans after a home game against the Chicago Bulls back in November, as he described the contest as almost feeling like it was a road game such was the support for the visitors.
Part of the issue is that Los Angeles remains a Lakers town, and given the franchise’s history, success and glamour, it will difficult for the Clippers to overthrow them until they start winning consistently in the post-season and outshining their city rivals when it matters.
The Clippers are 27-11 at home this season, and that is the second most defeats on home court in the top eight teams in the West.