All the talk for the past 24 hours has been about Donald Sterling, but the Golden State Warriors know they must tune out the possible distractions because they play their most important game of the year on Sunday afternoon: Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors are down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series after a disappointing loss in Game 3 where they fell behind by a large margin, and their rally fell just short in a 98-96 loss. They were absolutely manhandled down low, as Blake Griffin scored 32 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 22 rebounds. Additionally, Stephen Curry was once again a non-factor, scoring just 16 points, most of which came during the fourth quarter. He was constantly pressured and trapped by the Clippers, unable to get a shot off.
It’s safe to say that if the Warriors let Griffin and Jordan have their way and are unable to get Curry going offensively, their chances of coming back in this series are slim. Without Andrew Bogut, who normally would be matching up against the Clippers’ big men, the Warriors are shorthanded and will need to change things up for Game 4.
Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA