Portland coach Terry Stotts knew what to expect from Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin, right, of the Clippers and Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee have a moment here. Griffin had two dunks in the face of Plumlee in the Clippers’ victory over the Trail Blazers on Sunday night at Staples Center/AP  photo by Jae C. Hong


Clippers power forward Blake Griffin on Sunday had his best game since returning from a 45-game layoff on April 3. He scored 19 points on 5 of 10 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and had six assists, a steal and a block in the Clippers 115-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. That this performance came in Game 1 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, made it that much sweeter.

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was not surprised. He knew what his team might be up against with Griffin. That was evident when he was asked post-game how Griffin’s work changes things moving forward in the series.

“We said going into it we were going to treat him like Blake Griffin,” Stotts said. “He’s an All-Star and he’s a great player, so it was just a matter of time before he rounded into shape. So I don’t think it changes anything from our perspective because we went into it assuming that he was 100 percent healthy.”

Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center.