Apr 29, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) goes up for a shot defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) during the first quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors, Clippers Battle For All The Marbles: Game 7 Preview

Of course it had to come down to a Game 7, right?

It’s been an unbelievable NBA postseason thus far, and we haven’t even gotten past the first round yet. There are three Game 7′s set for Saturday night, and the nightcap will be the Golden State Warriors playing the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center to earn a berth into the semis.

The Warriors had to battle hard just to get to this point, squeaking out a 100-99 win in Game 6 on Thursday night. At 39.3 percent, they didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, and didn’t play their best basketball. But the Clippers, with a hobbled Chris Paul, were not at 100 percent either, and the Warriors capitalized, forcing a Game 7.

Both teams are tired, both physically and mentally. There is no doubt that the Donald Sterling controversy has cast a large shadow over this series. If the Warriors win, it will be because the Clippers were distracted. If the Clippers win, it will be because they let out their anger on the court and willed their way to victory. Unfortunately, Sterling will have played a role in who wins and loses this series.

From a historical standpoint, there isn’t much. The Warriors have just one Game 7 road win in franchise history, and that was way back in 1948. Their last Game 7 was in 1977 against the Lakers, which they lost down at the old Forum.

But with this series, anything can happen. Expect the unexpected, the impossible, and the downright unbelievable. There’s no telling what will happen in these next 48 minutes because everything that has happened in this series has been so unpredictable.

So let’s just sit back, relax, and enjoy. It’s Game 7, and we can’t wait.

Injury Report

GSW: Jermaine O’Neal (right knee bone bruise) is questionable. Andrew Bogut (rib fracture) and Nemanja Nedovic (strained right calf) are out indefinitely and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out.

LAC: Hedo Turkoglu (Hairline Fracture of Transverse Process in Lower Back) is doubtful.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE

F Andre Iguodala
F Draymond Green
C David Lee
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

LOS ANGELES

F Matt Barnes
F Blake Griffin
C DeAndre Jordan
G J.J. Redick
G Chris Paul

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA

TV: TNT

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