When the Rockets gained Recreation 5 in Houston on Wednesday evening, the expectation was Golden State would comply with go well with within the nightcap and formally set the rematch of final 12 months’s unbelievable Western Convention Finals for this weekend.
As an alternative, the Clippers marched into Oracle Arena and put up 71 first half points en route to a 129-121 win, that featured some late recreation heroics from skilled bucket getter Lou Williams. It was a powerful exhibiting from L.A., who proceed to indicate unbelievable coronary heart and willpower on this collection, however in the end this was a disappointing effort from the Warriors, who couldn’t have appeared a lot much less on the defensive finish for a lot of the proceedings.
They nonetheless had an opportunity, thanks largely to Kevin Durant’s 45-point evening, however their incapacity to seek out constant defensive vitality to get stops was troubling. After the sport, it was clear the Warriors have been annoyed by the efficiency and weren’t in a lot of a temper to placed on a smiling face with the media. Klay Thompson, who is often fairly reserved, was very clearly upset with the hassle in Recreation 5 from himself and the crew. He bristled on the thought they wanted to construct on Recreation 5, saying flatly that they “sucked” and wanted to go win large in Recreation 6 like they’re able to.
He additionally pointed the finger at himself as being amongst those that got here into Wednesday anticipating to win, and as such didn’t essentially have the right focus.
Steve Kerr, in the meantime, didn’t take kindly to a reporter questioning the Warriors identification, and reminded him of the crew’s resume in recent times.
Proper now, the Warriors look like as annoyed as we’ve ever seen them throughout their championship run. Whether or not that issues on this collection or sooner or later stays to be seen, however the Clipper have as a minimum compelled slightly soul looking to happen in Oakland. It’s doable they arrive out refocused like they did in Recreation Three in L.A., and blast the Clippers as Thompson hopes. Till Friday evening, they’ll have to listen to the 3-1 jokes and lose out on a pair days of relaxation that the Rockets will probably be getting over them.