Game 6 Preview: Warriors at Clippers
The Dubs look to close-out the series back in Los Angeles for Game 6.
HEADED DOWN SOUTH
After failing to close out the series at home on Wednesday, the Warriors will look to get the job done in Los Angeles when they visit the Clippers for Game 6 on Friday. The Dubs have a 3-2 series lead and will try to get the job done in an arena in which they have already won two games this series.
LAST TIME OUT
Despite a new career playoff high of 45 points for Kevin Durant, the Warriors dropped Game 5 at home 129-121. » Full Recap
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
|PTS: 123.6 (1st)||PTS: 115.6 (4th)|
|REB: 46.0 (5th)||REB: 38.4 (16th)|
|AST: 31.0 (1st)||AST: 26.0 (6th)|
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
CONTROLLING THE BOARDS
The Warriors out-rebounded the Clippers in the first four games of the series, but the Clippers controlled the glass in Game 5. In the first quarter alone, the Clippers tallied 12 second-chance points, which helps explain why they were just down four at the end of a first quarter in which the Dubs shot 8-for-10 on 3-pointers. The Clippers’ ability to extend their possessions certainly contributed to the Dubs’ second home defeat of the series, and with the Dubs’ defense really struggling at times, defensive rebounding becomes just as important as challenging opponent shots in terms of preventing open looks for the Clippers.
TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS
|PTS: Durant (32.0)||PTS: Williams (24.4)|
|REB: Bogut (7.8)||REB: Zubac (7.0)|
|AST: Green (7.4)||AST: Williams (7.8)|
L.A. CLIPPERS SCOUTING REPORT
The bench duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell combined for 57 points on 23-of-33 (69.7 percent) shooting in Game 5, marking the third time in the series the pair has totaled over 50 points against the Warriors. The Clippers also received assistance from Patrick Beverley who, though averaged 7.6 points and 5.0 rebounds during the regular season, posted 17 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a performance that drew praise from head coach Doc Rivers for his “grit” on fighting for “tough rebounds.” Danilo Gallinari added 26 points in Game 5 for his second game with over 20 points in the series; he has averaged 25 points in the two Clippers wins but just over 13 points in their losses, showing his production is a key factor in success for the team.
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