There’s a lot to cover after an NBA playoff game. Both coaches and several key players head to the podium, and the locker room is a treasure trove of vital information and quips. It’s a little overwhelming when you go back to the media room, sit down and try to piece everything together … while trying not to forget the game that took place about an hour earlier.
My recap posts often run a little too long as it is, so I can’t include everything. As a result, a lot of stuff gets missed — particularly actions occurring within the game itself if there are too many good quotes that deserve inclusion. Yesterday was definitely one of those days, so I’ve compiled some miscellaneous notes from the Warriors’ 118-97 Game 4 win.
— Klay Thompson didn’t get a mention in yesterday’s recap, which is crazy since he had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists in the first half, fouled out after just 29 minutes, and threw down a pretty impressive dunk over Big Baby Davis (who’s terrible, by the way).
The dunk wasn’t nearly as surprising as it would’ve been a year ago, as Thompson has attacked the rim with increasing frequency throughout this season.
— Baron Davis got a rousing ovation when shown on the scoreboard yesterday. We can now add him to the list of ex-Warriors who’ve been spectators at Oracle this series, which includes Kent Bazemore, Brandon Rush, Jarrett Jack and Matt Barnes.
— I love all the new analytics, but there’s room for emotion and intangible stuff, too. No one will ever convince me otherwise after Doc Rivers’ pregame news conference yesterday. I had a feeling the Clippers were toast after watching Rivers sigh and “I don’t know” his way through that session, and that was indeed the case.
— Speaking of ex-Warriors, without Jamal Crawford the Warriors would’ve returned the favor for L.A.’s 40-point win in Game 2 with a malt liquor bottle-sized victory margin of their own yesterday. And here’s an example of how single-game plus/minus numbers can be misleading: Crawford (26 points, 8-of-18) was -9. Glen Davis (0-for-3, 0 points) was +4.
— I also failed to mention Harrison Barnes, which is hardly fair because he went 6-for-7, scored 15 points and dished out four assists. Plus, I absolutely crushed the guy on April 1 (and I wasn’t joking, either).
— Barnes (Harrison, not Matt) also happens to be Donald Sterling’s least favorite Warrior … because he’s the Black Falcon.
— Sorry, that was terrible. Let’s try again. I was watching Mad Men last night, and Roger Sterling >>>> Donald Sterling. Better? No? Tough crowd.
— Andrew Bogut was walking through the locker room, and he appeared to be pain-free. Then again, he was walking slowly and nobody came up and punched him in the ribs. If the Warriors somehow win this series, I have a feeling we’ll see Bogut play again this year. However, I have no evidence whatsoever to back up this claim.
— I included quotes from Doc Rivers and Chris Paul last night that signaled a little trepidation as the Clippers get ready to play their first home game since Sterling’s quotes hit TMZ on Friday night. Blake Griffin also seemed worried.
“I mean, I hope the fans are great. I think our home crowd can be even better. I really do. I think that really helps us out when we have a great crowd and a rowdy crowd.”
Translation: our crowd sucks anyway, so could it really be any worse? Maybe this nonsense will mean they’re awake (for once).
— Draymond Green does a lot of the so-called “little things” really well, but his hand strength must be off the charts. It doesn’t matter who’s holding the ball — it could be Paul or Griffin, which has often been the case in this series — Green can rip it away from anyone. Based on his mom’s Twitter bio, the Warriors small forward has two siblings, LaToya and Torrian. As an older brother who was known to separate my sisters from their toys and food every now and then in an unfair manner, I have to wonder how many time Mary Babers-Green had to scold Draymond after swiping Transformers, video game controllers and candy bars from his poor siblings.