NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, April 24th
(All times Eastern)
(3) Los Angeles Clippers (1-1) at (6) Golden State Warriors (1-1), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors will
take their highly-entertaining series to Oracle Arena Thursday night for Game
3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
Knotted at 1-1, Golden State returns home to its raucous fans and with great
history against the Clippers as host. The Warriors have won five straight over
LA at Oracle Arena, eight of nine and 15 of the last 17 meetings.
"It's going to be loud. It's going to be exciting," said LA's Blake Griffin.
"I think every basketball player loves playing in an environment like that.
I've heard good things about this crowd, so we're looking forward to it."
Griffin has been the key to this series, as expected by most.
After an ineffective, foul-plagued Game 1 loss where Griffin played less than
20 minutes before eventually fouling out, he put up one of the most
efficiently brilliant performances in playoff history.
Griffin scored 35 points in under 30 minutes to lead the Clippers to an
inspiring 138-98 humiliation of the Warriors on Monday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fourth player in the shot-
clock era to score 35 points in under 30 minutes.
"I was able to play more aggressive tonight," Griffin said.
Six other Clippers also scored in double figures, with Chris Paul logging 12
points, 10 assists and five steals in the rout. Paul is nursing a hamstring
injury and was a limited participant in practice Tuesday.
"I'm good. As long as I'm out on the court I'm OK," he said.
Los Angeles forced 26 turnovers and held the usually high-scoring Warriors to
4-of-19 shooting from behind the arc in the widest margin of victory in the
franchise's limited postseason history.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 24 points, while Draymond Green, Jordan
Crawford and David Lee checked in with 11 apiece.
"I was disappointed in our effort, that was a desperate basketball team and we
didn't match it. They made plays, we played bad, we were awful," Warriors head
coach Mark Jackson admitted.
But the Warriors did what they set out to do and that was steal a game in Los
Angeles. With the decidedly lopsided home record against the Clippers, Golden
State can put Monday's debacle out of mind.
"We played bad. We own it. We've got to be better," admitted Jackson. "We'll
get in the lab. We'll make the adjustments, and we look forward to Thursday."
The Warriors need to tighten things up on the defensive side. The Clippers
shot 56.6 percent from the field, 48 percent from 3-point range and their 138
points was a postseason team record. It was also the most the Warriors allowed
in the playoffs since surrendering 140 to the Phoenix Suns on May 4, 1994.
Game 4 will be Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena.
04/24 10:35:06 ET
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