We are moving to the Staples Center for Game 3 of the Round 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
When: Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at 7:30 pm PST
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Watch Live: TNT
We saw the greatest comeback in the NBA Playoffs history the other night when the Clippers managed to beat the Warriors even when they were down by 31 points at one point. All thanks to the most impressive bench in the league right now for the Clippers, having Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.
Lou Williams Scored 36 points off the bench dishing 11 dimes and Harrell scored 25 points grabbing ten rebounds from the bench. With them, Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, six assists and four rebounds. Also, Landry Shamet and Patrick Beverly made a few crucial contributions and scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
On the other hand, Golden State Warriors started the game off well and had a good lead in the first half. Curry scored 29 points and six assists while Durant scored 21 points with five assists and five rebounds.
Draymond Green had 14 points with nine assists, and Klay Thompson had 17 points. Kevon Looney also deserves mention as he had a great night, scoring 19 points in just 19 minutes of play, 6 of 6 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
Now lets breakdown at what went wrong for the Warriors and what did Clippers do to make this comeback possible. The first thing that can be noticed is the field goal attempts. The Warriors attempted just 75 shots and made 40 out of them, which is 53.3% shooting whereas the Clippers attempted 85 shots and made 48 out of them which is 56.5% shooting. So it is clear that the Clippers had the upper hand from the field. The Clippers have a hard time to the Warriors shooters, and there were no uncontested threes offered.
The Next point of concern is DeMarcus Cousins, who was injured in the very starting of the game and had to leave the game. Because of this, Coach Kerr had to bring in Bogut as the replacement of Cousins. Cousins is a dominant post player and aggressive on both ends of the floor, whereas his replacement, Bogut is more of a passer and distance shooter. This showed in the stat sheet as the Warriors had 42 points in the paint compared to 50 points in the paint by the Clippers.
One of the Major concerns for the Warriors in game 2 was the turnovers. They had 22 turnovers which include nine from Durant himself and four each from Curry and Draymond Green. If compared, the Clippers had 19 themselves, but these are some of the edge traits that define a championship team from the rest.
What to Expect?
We are now at Game 3 of this series, and we may see things change from here on as the Warriors and Coach Kerr might have to come up with some game-plan against the touch-down defence of the Clippers and especially Patrick Beverley.
With DeMarcus Cousins gone, Warriors will have to start with Andrew Bogut, but we can expect Looney to be impressive again as we witnessed him in Game 2. Clippers will not make it easy for the Warriors and especially at the Staples Center. But I think Warriors will come up strong as they have been doing from past few years and will emerge victorious in this game.
Warriors to beat Clippers