Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Center DeAndre Jordan has to not fret over his poor free-throw shooting. Even if he misses six or seven in a row. He is so valuable to the team on the boards, blocking shots and throwing down vicious dunks. He can’t forget that for a minute. He must remember that even though he shot just 42.8 percent from the line during the regular season, his team still won 57 games and finished 32 games over .500. He needs to hold his head up when he’s missing. Jordan also must take full advantage of Golden State’s post – Andrew Bogut – not being in the fold. Bogut has a fractured rib and is being labeled as out. However, the Clippers are expecting him to play at some point in the series. Jermaine O’Neal has been slated to start in Bogut’s place.Blake keeps coolBlake Griffin is a leader on this team. If it’s true the Warriors try to entice him into technical fouls like the Clippers thought they did in a Christmas Day game that resulted in Griffin’s ejection after getting two of them, it’s up to Griffin to keep his emotions under wraps. As good as he is, he’s still human and if he’s playing with too much anger, that could change the effectiveness of a player who has become one heck of an all-around threat. One who is as powerful as they come, while at the same time fully capable of pretty passes and terrific playmaking.ReboundingDoc Rivers was asked at practice Thursday what is the biggest key to victory. It took him less than a second to answer. “We have to rebound,” he said. “We have to be a great rebounding team. The two games that we won, we outrebounded them and the two we lost, they outrebounded us.” It’s true. And with Jordan averaging a league-high 13.6 during the regular season, that’s a good start. But Jordan can’t be the only one crashing the boards. Griffin, who averages 9.5, will be a big help in that regard. All that said, the feeling here is guarding the 3-point line remains the biggest key. Here are the five things that need to happen for the Clippers to prevail in this Western Conference first-round series against Golden State:Defend the 3Perhaps the most important thing will be not letting guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson go wild from the 3-point line. Curry – averaging 24 points – has made 261 3-pointers this season – most in the NBA – and is shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. Thompson has made 223 3-pointers – second in the NBA – and is shooting 41.7 percent from distance. He’s averaging 18.4 points. Sometimes the Clippers are guilty of leaving guys open for 3s. They can’t do that in this series. “You have to get back in transition defense and match up early,” coach Doc Rivers said, “but they’re good, they are really good at what they do.” The Clippers also can’t afford to get into a 3-point shooting contest because they’d likely lose that fight.Survie DeAndre Jordan’s missed free throws Quality bench playWith everyone able to play – even reserve forward Danny Granger should be back from his hamstring injury – the bench play will be very big for the Clippers. The production here is arguably more vital to the Clippers than it is to the Warriors because Jamal Crawford averages 18.6 points. He’s been struggling with his shot since coming back off another stint on the shelf because of a strained left calf. The Clippers need Crawford to find his stroke. And if others like Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Hedu Turkoglu, Darren Collison and Jared Dudley can do their parts, that will make it extra tough for Golden State to advance.