The Los Angeles Clippers downed the Golden State Warriors Thursday evening to take a 2-1 lead in round one of the Western Conference quarterfinal series of the NBA Playoffs.
With the Warriors down 98-96 and 7.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of game 3, Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed a game winning three pointer. Curry was guarded by Chris Paul on the play and fell hard to the ground with no foul called.
The Clippers’ Blake Griffin had 32 points in the contest and DeAndre Jordan posted a Clippers playoff career high 22 rebounds. Chris Paul had 16 points, but shot a paltry 5-for-12. He added 15 assists in the contest.
The Warriors’ Klay Thompson had 26 points in the contest.
Keys for Golden State Warriors: David Lee needs to shoulder the scoring load when Stephen Curry is not hot. Curry had his third straight iffy game. After shooting 6-for-16 in Game 1 and scoring 14 points, he missed seven of his first eight shots against L.A. before finally heating up when the Warriors were down 30 points. Lee had a fair showing in game 3 with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, but Golden State needs more from him in order to win.
Amid a recent TMZ report surrounding Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling allegedly making racially charged comments directed at African Americans in an audio clip, the Golden State Warriors struggling in the last three games is under the radar with this recent news. The pressure is now on the Clippers to win today. Today would be a good day for the Warriors to tie the series.
Keys for Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin’s gotta stay hot! He’s done it in three straight games too. Griffin has scored 83 points in 93 minutes of play. The Warriors have had no defensive answer for him.
The Clippers have dealt with distractions in the past 48 hours. Will Los Angeles tune them out with a win in Oakland?
Prediction: TopBettingReviews.com, predicts the Los Angeles Clippers are the clear favorites to win the 7 game series that they currently hold a 2-1 lead.
The winner of game 4 will be the team that controls the boards. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin have been unstoppable in that department thus far for the Clippers. Additionally, the point guard that controls the tempo of this game for their team will be the one who steps up defensively and shoots very well.