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DeAndre Jordan returns after one-game disappearance, leads Clippers to Game 5 win

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Game 5 was the opposite of Game 4.

— Adam Silver attended Game 4 but didn’t speak publicly on the news of the day. Game 5’s tip-off came eight hours after Silver banned Donald Sterling for life and for the first time became something other than “the guy who isn’t David Stern.”

— Stephen Curry made five first quarter threes in Game 4. In Game 5, Curry attempted his fifth shot with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter.

DAJ— DeAndre Jordan was held scoreless in Game 4 and grabbed only six rebounds. Jordan went off for 25 points, 18 rebounds and four blocks in Game 5.

— The Warriors had a 27-8 edge in fast break points on Sunday. The Clippers beat Golden State 21-13 in that category in Game 5.

— The Warriors won Game 4, 118-97. Game 5’s final score: Clippers 113, Warriors 103.

It’s been a series of adjustments, and the Clippers attacked Golden State’s “small-ball” lineup early by going at Draymond Green. Green picked up two quick fouls, and it felt like the Warriors missed two players during his absence. Curry went off in Game 4, and in Game 5 Chris Paul and the Clippers held the splash brother’s offense to a trickle: 17 points, four assists, eight turnovers.

“(Curry) knows he’s got to be better. Tonight he turned the ball over a little too much,” Mark Jackson said. “They did a good job being active in their pick-and-roll defense. The other night he executed, he was aggressive. Tonight he tried to thread the needle a little too much.”

For the first time since Game 2, the Warriors looked short-handed. There’s been noise that Festus Ezeli was medically cleared to play in Game 6. He might be able to make a contribution if he can knock Jordan out of position a few times and take some of the fouls that have been going to guys like Green, David Lee and Klay Thompson, who each had five personals on Tuesday night. But even with Ezeli, this game showed once again that if Blake Griffin doesn’t get into foul trouble and the Clippers don’t question whether they should even don their uniforms, Los Angeles holds the personnel edge.

There were several frustrating parts to this game from a Warriors perspective.

— Griffin started out something like 1-for-22, AND he got into foul trouble, but the best the Warriors could do was keep the game semi-close while he sat.

— As poorly as the Warriors played defensively, they were in this one until the last two minutes.

— Golden State’s halfcourt offense was poorly spaced and seemed to find most of its success on broken plays.

“It’s tough. They’re really focusing on trapping ball screens and switching out on off-ball screens. We want to run our offense and execute the way we’ve been doing all season. I need to find more shots,” Curry said.

“I can’t (shoot so few times early) every night for us to be successful. We know that. I knew they were going to come out keying on me early in the game because of how I was able to start last game.”

With the way the news cycle works, the Sterling story will be a distant memory by Thursday. By then it’ll just be basketball, and the Warriors will have to figure out a way to get Curry going while keeping Jordan from dunking, boarding and swatting the Clippers to victory.

Dub Steps

— With all due respect (as Jackson might say) to the local guys, TNT makes CSN Bay Area’s feed look like standard definition.

— Maybe Adam Silver can remove the Warriors’ distraction by banning Darren Erman for life on Thursday before Game 6.

— Seriously though, that story about Erman recording everyone at the facility is crazy — like something out of the Bobby Rowell era.

— Matt Barnes’ clingy fouls wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t leer at every player he hacks for three seconds too long.

— The Warriors’ bench is truly awful. Steve Blake, Mo Speights and Jordan Crawford aren’t playoff rotation guys, so key guys getting in foul trouble is not an option.

— The Warriors were more than ready to boycott Game 5 if Silver didn’t announce a lifetime ban, something that was reported first by Marcus Thompson. Curry spoke more about the Warriors’ mindset throughout the day during his postgame media session.

“It was kid of a wait and see situation. We had shoot-around and wanted to know exactly what sanctions (Silver) was going to hand down. We had our opinions of what they should be. He definitely did a great job, putting the hammer down concisely and strongly for his first ruling as commissioner. Kind of took all the decisions — boycott, doing anything drastic — out of the question because of how well he handled the situation. We knew as players we had an opportunity to have a voice. If it came to that, I think we were all committed to it.

“As the day would’ve went on we probably would’ve gotten more concrete about what would’ve gone down. The way conversations were going early in the day, that might have happened if Adam didn’t do such a great job speaking for the league and making a stand.”

— Curry was asked about the difficulty of winning two in a row: “We’ve been a resilient team all year, we’ve won games all year when we needed to win them.”

13 Comments
13 comments
Beaver
Beaver

If the Sterling thing drags out, Doc Rivers would be a nice upgrade if "No Excuses" Jackson gets the axe. 

AdrianReynolds
AdrianReynolds

I actually prefer Prime Ticket's coverage to that of TNT's...especially getting the local angle on all the fun extra curricular action...

erikh
erikh

The weird thing is that everyone including Kobe thought it was a great move when the Warriors got Steve Blake from the Lakers and now he has been non-existent along with Crawford and Speights for most of this series.

coredump
coredump

Strong first action by the new commissioner and a departure from the ways of his politician predecessor.  Granted, Silver almost certainly had the full backing of most (all?) of the other owners, so the path was pretty clear and unobstructed.  Still, he took it, quickly and decisively, where Stern did not.

Hopefully this kind of leadership continues during Silver's tenure.  Even better if his example rubs off on some of the other sports league commissioners, or at least their successors.

Slam
Slam

@coredump I wish Silver had included this : "While there is no excuse for Sterling's actions, we find Ms Stiviano's actions deplorable, despicable, and highly illegal. We are happy to cooperate with any law enforcement organizations interested in these leaked private recordings"

Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Area Sports Guy moderator

@Slam @coredump  Why would the NBA make this statement at the same time, when doing so would weaken their case against Sterling and divert attention away from the message they were trying to send? Also, it seems like you're a lot more worried about Sterling's "right" to say those things than the NBA's right to kick him to the curb.

Slam
Slam

@Bay Area Sports Guy @Slam@coredump I think the NBA league office and owners took an "Al Davis" strategy with him, which was basically waiting for him to die or lose interest ... perhaps in hindsight it didn't work out too well.

Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Area Sports Guy moderator

@Slam @coredump  Most people believe Sterling's actions reflected poorly on the NBA because they allowed him to stay after all the other crap he did/said. The actions of Jackson and his mistress reflected poorly on Jackson and his mistress, not the NBA. I find it curious that you want the NBA to take a stand against mistresses. Racism and adultery are not comparable, in my opinion.

My problem with the NBA is that it took sponsors either suspending or ending their relationships with the Clippers, as well as players threatening to boycott, for them to finally take action against Sterling. I couldn't care less about mistresses.

Slam
Slam

@Bay Area Sports Guy @Slam@coredump Her actions reflect poorly on the NBA, just like Mark Jackson's mistress who he reported to the FBI, so of course Silver doesn't want to mention her role in this.

Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Area Sports Guy moderator

@Slam @coredump  Can you provide proof that these were illegally recorded and given to the public? Maybe that was the case, but I'm not a lawyer and I don't know the entire story.  

And yeah, I'm not exactly shedding any tears for Sterling here. He got a slap on the wrist for his racist acts throughout his life, and in the end he couldn't handle one of his mistresses. Poor Don, it's so hard to be racist these days without people finding out and getting upset. Oh, the horror!

Slam
Slam

@Bay Area Sports Guy @Slam@coredump So if I'm reading this right, you're saying "the message they were trying to send" is, private phone conversations, ILLEGALLY recorded, and ILLEGALLY given to the public, are fine if they expose racism.


Great "message".

Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Area Sports Guy moderator

@Slam @coredump  I don't understand why the NBA would need to make a statement on her actions. If she broke any laws, let the authorities deal with her, talk to TMZ/Deadspin, whatever. 

Slam
Slam

@Bay Area Sports Guy @Slam@coredump It doesn't weaken there case against Sterling one bit; he's toast. It's the straw that broke the camel's back.


I don't defend his "right" say those things. I'm not playing the "free speech" card.


But she is a scumbag and a criminal. Her role in all this is nauseating. In the spirit of a "thorough investigation", I think it absolutely needs to be said.



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