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Game 5 Preview: Warriors vs. Clippers

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BACK ON WARRIORS GROUND
Following two wins in Los Angeles, the Dubs head back home with a chance to close-out the series with the Clippers on Wednesday night. After two wins in Los Angeles, the Dubs have a 3-1 series lead and are set for a Game 5 matchup on Warriors Ground, presented by Walmart.

LAST TIME OUT
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 65 points as the Warriors locked in a 113-105 road win in L.A. on Easter Sunday. » Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

Playoff Ranks
GSW LAC
3-1 1-3
PTS: 128.0 (1st) PTS: 114.7 (4th)
REB: 47.3 (4th) REB: 39.0 (16th)
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 JaMychal Green

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (quadriceps) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out. Team Notes
LAC: None. Team Notes

DON'T REACH
Stephen Curry has acknowledged his uptick in personal fouls in the first round of the playoffs and has begun working on rectifying the bad habit, even going as far as to write “don’t” and “reach” on his shoes. Through the first round of the playoffs thus far, Curry has had at least four personal fouls called on him in each game, whereas that happened to him in less than 25 percent of the regular season games he played in this season. Not only does the fouling issue potentially give opponents more free throw attempts, it also seems to impact Curry’s production on the court. In games when he has four or more fouls, Curry averages 21 points on 33 percent shooting on threes with a plus/minus of +4. When he has fewer than four fouls this season, those numbers jump to 27 points on 43 percent from beyond the arc with a plus/minus rating of nearly +10. Whether or not Curry can avoid early foul trouble will certainly be something to watch for as the Dubs enter Game 5.

TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS

GSW LAC
PTS: Durant (28.8) PTS: Williams (22.3)
REB: Bogut (8.5) REB: Zubac (7.0)
AST: Green (7.8) AST: Williams (7.3)

L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
The Clippers battled back from a 10-point deficit at the end of the first quarter of Game 4 to take a five-point lead over the Warriors in the third. Despite getting at least 13 more free throw attempts than the Warriors for the second straight game, the Clippers were unable to keep the momentum and fell to the Warriors for their second loss at home in the series. This was also the second time in back-to-back games that the tandem of Lou Williams (20 ppg in regular season) and Montrezl Harrell (16.6 ppg) were held under their season averages as Williams finished with 12 points on the day while shooting just 20 percent from the field, and Harrell posted 10 points, his lowest scoring output since March 8th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers rely heavily on their production from the bench, so look for the team to get these two sprung free from the Warriors defense in Game 5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made up for their struggles in a big way though, coming alive for a career-high 25 points. He and the other Clippers guards that make up their starting backcourt, Patrick Beverly and Landry Shamet, provided extra firepower from distance by finishing 9-of-16 on three-point shots; the Clippers were the second best three-point shooting team in the regular season, but they were unable to get consistent contributions from their remaining players in Game 5 as the rest of the team went for 4-for-15 from deep. If the Clippers are to bring this series back to L.A., they’ll likely need to shoot it better than they have these last two games.

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