Game 7 - Warriors at Clippers
May 2, 2014
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Golden State (54-34) at L.A. Clippers (60-28)
Western Conference First Round
Game 7 – Series tied 3-3
Tip-off: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET
Sportsbook.ag Line: Los Angeles -7, Total: 209.5
A heated battle between the Clippers and Warriors will come to a close on Saturday night as the teams play the decisive Game 7 in Los Angeles.
Another exciting game took place on Thursday night as Golden State successfully defended its home court in Game 6, defeating the Clippers 100-99 in a game that was a pick 'em spread. The score remained close throughout, while neither team shot very well from the field, as the Warriors shot just 39.3% while Los Angeles made only 36.8% FG. Surprisingly, Golden State did not win this game from the three-point line where it was just 7-of-24, but instead from inside where it outscored L.A. 42 to 24 in the paint. Stephen Curry was very aggressive in the game and after taking just 10 shots and scoring 17 points in the Game 5 loss, he attempted 24 shots on Thursday and led the team with 24 points. Jamal Crawford had a team-high 19 points for the Clippers coming off the bench. It will be very tough for the Warriors to pull off this upset, as Los Angeles is an impressive 36-8 SU at home while going 23-21 ATS.
Meanwhile, Golden State is 25-19 SU (24-20 ATS) as the road team. The series so far has been neck-and-neck with each team shooting the same 45.5% FG clip for the series. With their win on Thursday, the Warriors now hold a 10-8 SU edge (11-7 ATS) over the Clips in the past three seasons, and they have split the 10 games between the regular season and postseason this year (5-5 SU). Golden State has absolutely dominated ATS in the first round since 1996, going 15-3 ATS in that timeframe, while Los Angeles is 20-7 ATS after one or more consecutive losses this season. C Andrew Bogut (ribs) will continue to miss time for the Warriors, while teammate C Jermaine O’Neal (knee) is questionable for Game 7. For Los Angeles, SF Hedo Turkoglu (back) is doubtful for the last game of the series, but star PG Chris Paul (hamstring) is expected to start.
The Warriors lived and died by the three-pointer during the regular season, but are hitting 8.8 threes per game in the playoffs at just a 33.3% clip. PG Stephen Curry (21.3 PPG, 8.3 APG, 1.5 SPG in playoffs) has shot 29 long-range shots in the past three contests, making 13 of them (45%) and having a big game on Thursday with 24 points and nine assists. He did not record a steal in the game for the first time in the postseason. PF David Lee (14.0 PPG, 8.5 RPG in playoffs) has had a lot of trouble with fouls in this series, and had five in both Game 4 and Game 5, while fouling out early in the fourth quarter of Game 6. He scored just eight points in Thursday's win before fouling out, but he did have a strong nine rebounds in just 26 minutes. SG Klay Thompson (16.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.0 SPG in playoffs) was ineffective in Game 6, getting just nine points on 3-for-11 shooting while adding just one rebound and one assist. He is shooting only 36% from three-point range in the series compared to the 42% that he shot during the regular season. SF Andre Iguodala (13.0 PPG, 4.7 APG, 4.3 RPG, 1.2 SPG in playoffs) has been much better offensively in the past three contests, averaging 18.3 PPG (56% FG), but added just three rebounds and two assists in Game 6. SF Draymond Green (9.8 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 1.7 SPG in playoffs) has stepped it up in the postseason and has had a double-double in three of his past four games while also grabbing five steals on Thursday.
The Clippers had the best scoring offense in the regular season (107.9 PPG) and have surpassed that over the first six games of the postseason with 108.3 PPG on 46% FG. PG Chris Paul (16.7 PPG, 8.2 APG, 5.2 RPG, 3.0 SPG in playoffs) shot just 3-for-10 with nine points in the Game 6 loss, but added eight assists and five rebounds. He has been struggling with a hamstring injury and a thumb injury for the duration of the series. PF Blake Griffin (23.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.3 SPG in playoffs) fouled out of the game after 40 minutes on the floor Thursday while scoring just 17 points on 8-of-24 shooting. The Warriors looked to double-team Griffin as much as possible, forcing the poor shooting percentage.
C DeAndre Jordan (11.7 PPG, 14.7 RPG, 4.2 BPG in playoffs) has been a man among boys on the boards recently with 18+ rebounds in three of his past four games. He had 19 rebounds in Game 6 while adding another four blocks to his postseason total. SG Jamal Crawford (15.8 PPG in playoffs) led the team with 19 points in the loss, and has posted 21.3 PPG over the past three contests. SG J.J. Redick (13.3 PPG in playoffs) has not been able to find his stroke, making just 2-of-13 threes over the past two games, while fouling out after scoring 15 points in 31 minutes on Thursday.
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