Apr 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) drives in against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter of game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors Battle Clippers In Pivotal Game 4: Game Preview

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.

Injury Report

GSW: Andrew Bogut (fractured rib) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out.

LAC: None.

Probable Starters



Game Info

Tip-off: 12:30 PM PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA


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