Clippers, behind emotional crowd, take game 5

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.

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Warriors bounce back, crush Clippers in game 4

While the Clippers made a silent protest before the game against owner Donald Sterling, the Warriors made a different kind of statement during the game.  After losing two straight games and game 3 on their home court, Golden State bounced back and evened this series at two games apiece. 

Stephen Curry, who had been shut down so far this series, knocked down a career playoff high seven 3 pointers, to go along with his 33 points, as the Warriors blew past the Clippers 118-97 on Sunday. 

The game itself became almost an afterthought, until tipoff anyway.  The day before, there was an audio recording that was posted on TMZ of Sterling making comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team’s games.  The racial comments, are under investigation by the NBA, and have set off actions of anger around the country.

Before the game, Clippers players made a silent protest against Sterling by shedding their warm-up jerseys and going through the pregame routine with their red shirts on inside out. However, their anger didn’t translate on the court. 

The game was over in the first 12 minutes, as Curry hit five 3 pointers in the first quarter, and the Warriors built a 20 point lead, that stuck throughout the game. 

Curry kept on shooting — and kept on hitting — to send the series back to Los Angeles tied. And with so many in an uproar over Sterling’s purported comments, there’s no telling what the scene will be like at Staples Center.