Last night's game between the Warriors and Clippers, a nationally televised contest between two powerful conference rivals, was one of those games that's supposed to come with a "playoff atmosphere," featuring the home fans going nuts and chanting mean things at the visitors and causing all kinds of ruckus. The crowd at Staples Center last night was certainly raucous, but Clippers forward Blake Griffin felt like the love was being channelled in the wrong direction.
In the clip above, a bummed-out Griffin answers a few questions about the home fans cheering for the visiting Warriors, which culminated with Stephen Curry getting "MVP!" chants rained down on him. After being asked if the game "felt like a playoff game" by one reporter, Griffin replied, "Not really, no. Home-court advantage is just not there for us. So if that's how it feels in the playoffs, then it's not looking good."
Later in the clip (2:15 mark) another reporter asks Griffin if anything can be done to improve the quality of the home crowd, which just led to more sad resignation from the big man: "I don't know what we could do, but it would be great if it wasn't that way."
Unfortunately for Griffin and the rest of the Clippers, having a crappy home crowd during in-state rivalry games is some shit that they are probably always going to have to deal with. The Lakers are the Lakers, and will always draw fans to Clippers' "home" games, and the Warriors have a rabid fanbase that travels well and likes to get loud. These are just the breaks when you play for the Clips.
Our advice to Griffin is this: just pretend like the those "MVP!" chants are actually for you, and that the home crowd really is on your side. It works for other people!