Game 4 Preview: Warriors vs. Clippers
The Dubs look to take two in Los Angeles during Game 3's Sunday matinee.
TAKE TWO IN L.A.
The Warriors took a 2-1 advantage in the first round with a win over the Clippers on Thursday, and now they look to grab one more on the road. Thursday’s win returned homecourt advantage to the Dubs, and the squad will look to take further command of the series on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors bounced back in full force in a 132-105 win over the Clippers in Game 3. Kevin Durant posted 38 points, giving him 3,738 playoff points in his career and thereby passing Magic Johnson (3,701) for 14th in the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list. The center duo of Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney filled-in effectively for the injured DeMarcus Cousins as they notched a combined 18 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks. » Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|PTS: 128.0 (1st)||PTS: 114.7 (6th)|
|REB: 47.3 (5th)||REB: 39.0 (15th)|
|AST: 32.3 (1st)||AST: 26.3 (4th)|
LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut
LAC: Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and Ivica Zubac
ROAD WARRIORS KEEP ROLLING
After finishing the regular season tied for the best road record in the NBA, the Warriors’ dominance on the road continued in Game 3 against the Clippers. They won their fourth playoff road game in a row, and have now won a road game in 20 consecutive playoff series, the longest such streak in NBA history. From the 2013 trough 2018 playoffs, the Warriors have won the most road games in the league (27), and they’ll look to add to that total on Sunday afternoon.
TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS
|PTS: Curry (29.3)||PTS: Williams (25.7)|
|REB: Bogut (8.0)||REB: Zubac (7.0)|
|AST: Green (8.7)||AST: Williams (8.7)|
L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
The Los Angeles Clippers, who finished as the second best three-point shooting team in the NBA during the regular season, were held to 21.9 percent shooting from deep on Thursday. Lou Williams was a key motivator in the Clippers Game 2 comeback over the Dubs, but was bottled-up by the Warriors in Game 3, going 4-for-11 for 16 points. Though Montrezl Harrell, the second-leading scorer on the much-heralded Clippers reserve unit, continued his solid play through the first round, the duo did not receive scoring help from other sources as they had in Game 2. Danilo Gallinari followed his 24-point effort in Game 2 by going 2-for-13 from the floor on Thursday, and the rookie backcourt of Shai Gildeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet combined for 13 points in Game 3. The Clippers led the NBA in free throws during the regular season, and on Thursday they attempted 16 more free throws than the Dubs on Thursday. Should the game be closer than it was on Thursday, the free throw disparity could play a big role in determining the direction of this series.
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