Jamal Crawford/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Missing Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the Clippers did very well to trail the Trail Blazers by just 50-48 at halftime of Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Friday night at Moda Center in Portland.
Not only are the Clippers without their two best players, guard Austin Rivers took a vicious elbow to his left eye from Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu with 6:46 left in the first quarter. Rivers suffered gashes over and below his eye and took stitches in both areas. He returned with 5:03 to play in the second quarter.
Clippers sixth-man Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 22 first-half points. Jeff Green, who started at one of the forward spots, scored eight.
Portland guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum scored 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Paul is out with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand. Griffin is out with a partially torn left quad tendon.
The Trail Blazers led the series 3-2.