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LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors Preview and Predictions 04-24-2019 in NBA


The Golden State Warriors took care of business on the road and can clinch a spot in their fifth straight Western Conference semifinal series when they host the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 on Wednesday. The Warriors squandered a 31-point lead in losing Game 2 but recovered with a pair of impressive wins as Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson led the way.

Golden State is trying to end the series as quickly as possible to prepare for a likely semifinal round against the Houston Rockets and followed up a blowout victory in Game 3 with a 113-105 triumph in Game 4 on Sunday. "We didn't want to extend this series any longer because we know how grueling the playoffs can be," Thompson told reporters. "We already let one slip away, so tonight we came in with that mindset to put our foot on the throttle and not let go." The Clippers trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter on Sunday and were in the game until the final minutes before falling short. "We wish we could get it back," forward JaMychal Green told reporters. "I don't know what we'd do differently but, man, we need those possessions, need to get stops and we needed this game."

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT, FS Prime Ticket (Los Angeles), NBCS Bay Area (Golden State) LINE: Warriors -14.5

ABOUT THE CLIPPERS: Los Angeles small forward Danilo Gallinari went 5-of-20 from the floor on Sunday and 7-of-33 in the two home games, dropping his shooting percentage for the series to 29.2. Shooting guard Lou Williams, who collected 36 points and 11 assists in the Game 2 victory, went a combined 6-of-21 in Games 3 and 4. "It still was a four-point, six-point game, but clearly if those two guys - and those are our two key offensive guys - struggle, then it's going to be hard, very, very hard for us to win against anyone," Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters of Gallinari and Williams after Game 4. "Let alone Golden State."



ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Thompson scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half to spark Golden State on Sunday and credited his series-best effort with a dip in the Pacific Ocean in Saturday, while coach Steve Kerr credited the performance with lifting the team. "When Klay gets going like that, it fuels the whole bench," Kerr told reporters. "You can see everybody jumping around. Everybody gets happy. We all love when Klay gets hot. It fuels our momentum. It didn't surprise me at all. He kind of had a quiet first few games of the series, so it was only a matter of time until he broke out." Durant, who poured in 38 points to fuel the rout in Game 3, added 33 points on 12-of-21 shooting in Sunday's triumph.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Warriors PG Stephen Curry was held to 12 points on 3-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-9 from 3-point range, in Game 4.

2. Los Angeles PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 25 points on Sunday after failing to reach double figures in the previous two games.

3. Thompson is 8-of-11 from 3-point range in the last two contests.

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Chase Center
San Francisco, California, USA.
Capacity: 18,064

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Last Injuries

Golden State Warriors

  • Klay Thompson

    Knee
    Mid March | out

    Thompson is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee and is expected to remain out of action until sometime in March.

LA Clippers

  • Paul George

    Shoulder
    Mid Oct | probable

    George is recovering from surgeries to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder and a small tear in his left labrum. He is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

golden-state-warriors Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Kevin Durant 78 78 2027 457 51 1383 721 506 448 388 137 33
Stephen Curry 69 69 1881 361 51 1340 632 287 263 810 354 45
Klay Thompson 78 78 1680 186 52 1402 655 158 129 599 241 37
Quinn Cook 74 10 509 116 27 439 204 26 20 200 81 22
Kevon Looney 80 24 500 123 15 347 217 105 65 10 1 194
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Kevin Durant 78 78 464 84 58 225 155 17
Draymond Green 66 66 421 70 95 169 197 16
Stephen Curry 69 69 324 25 92 192 166 2
Klay Thompson 78 78 262 47 84 115 157 3
Kevon Looney 80 24 223 53 46 51 211 1

la-clippers Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Lou Williams 75 1 1498 402 45 1138 484 485 425 291 105 40
Montrezl Harrell 82 5 1361 162 32 888 546 414 266 17 3 184
Danilo Gallinari 68 68 1346 178 34 884 409 406 367 372 161 54
Tobias Harris 55 55 1152 150 39 855 424 219 192 258 112 37
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 82 73 889 270 24 716 341 195 156 139 51 57
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Tobias Harris 55 55 395 24 40 109 123 4
Danilo Gallinari 68 68 363 23 49 99 129 3
Montrezl Harrell 82 5 351 110 71 132 255 10
Patrick Beverley 78 49 312 43 67 85 265 14
Marcin Gortat 47 43 194 24 6 50 92 2