Two days ago, when the Warriors crushed the Clippers to even the series and controversy was circling around Los Angeles, everybody thought that the tide had turned and the Warriors were going to take control. However, the Clippers proved that they could overcome these emotional past days, and that’s exactly what happened on Tuesday night. Now, the Warriors are one game away from being eliminated.
Literally hours before the game even started, Clippers owner Donald Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA, including a 2.5 million dollar fine. With the owner gone, the Clippers defeated the Warrios 113-103, and are just one win away from claiming just their third postseason series since 1981, the year Sterling bought the team.
Just like the game on Sunday, all the controversy surrounding the game went out the window once the ball went in the air.
The Clippers came out firing, as they had a double digit lead at the end of the first. They never trailed throughout the contest. DeAndre Jordan was the star of the game, with 25 points, 18 rebounds, and four blocks. Chris Paul also added 20 points.
The one player that the Warriors needed most, did not show up. Stephen Curry, who the Clippers simply could not contain on Sunday, only had 17 points, and turned the ball over eight times. Even though Curry led the league in turnovers this year, it was odd to see him struggle against the Clipper defense.
The highlight of the game, wasn’t even a play. Towards the end of the game, and the energized crowd sensing a victory, the 19,657 fans filled in the Staples Center started a “We are one”, chant.
In a series that many thought the Warriors could win easily, has come down to a crucial win or go home game in Oakland on Thursday.