Which brings us to Lee. An advanced learner.

The Warriors spoke with reporters Sunday afternoon in a gym at UCLA. Let's listen in because Lee is worth listening in to.

"I wouldn't say it was one of the more physical games. I wouldn't say it was a finesse game. It was somewhere in between."

True. It was nothing like the Jets and the Sharks from West Side Story. It was merely two ball teams.

Someone asked if Lee was surprised at how closely the refs called game?

"I wasn't surprised by that at all," he said.

Oh, please stop the presses again. David Lee was not surprised the whistle blowers blew a million whistles. He expected it. Why? Because he thought about it in advance.

Did you hear that, Blake?

"It's what I somewhat expected," Lee continued. "I didn't think foul trouble would be as big a problem as it was. I expected them (the refs) to try to get a hold of that early so it didn't get out of hand, so you're not looking at Game 3 or at Game 4 with five, six guys suspended."


Did Lee adjust his game to the refs and play with more care?

"I got two quick ones (fouls), so I had to be a little more careful. It's our job as players to adjust to that as the game goes on."

Please understand. Lee adjusted during the game, but Griffin still hadn't adjusted the morning after. Lee never fouled out. He played a monster second half, ended up with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

He was entirely aware of being amped to the max in the first few minutes, even told Jackson he was out of his skull. The coach told him not to worry, the game would come to him. And it did.

Griffin still wonders where his game went, the game that got away.

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