As far as historic days go in the world that is the National Basketball Association, yesterday was a big one. In my lifetime, yesterday's announcement by NBA commissioner Adam Silver that L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling had been banned for life from the NBA is eclipsed in social significance only by Magic Johnson's statement in 1991 that he had tested positive for HIV. By acting so swiftly, the NBA removed much of Sterling's stench that permeated through Staples Center and the uncertainty of how events would unfold before and during Game 6.
It also allowed the players and coaches to get back to focusing on the game. A game the Warriors lost, 113-103.
When sifting through the heartbreak of Game 3, one thing that stood out was the number of shots taken by Steph Curry: 12. That was a confusingly small number. Last night, that number somehow shrank to 10. That makes absolutely no sense. Steph, shoot the ball! He's one of the best in the world at doing just that, and may become the best there ever was. On one play, for example, Steph had the ball on a two-on-one fast break. Everyone knew he'd pass the ball for a lay-up and an easy two points. Instead, Steph stops behind the arc on a dime, pulls up, and drains a three. It was beautiful, but such shots were sadly few. Five field goals on 10 attempts from the team's best shooter is not going to cut it, especially when those shots are complimented by only four assists and negated by eight turnovers.
Unless they're filled with apple and covered with those big sugar crystals, I don't want anything to do with them. The Warriors, though, love them. Love them. They turned the ball over 13 times last night, resulting in 22 Clippers points. When Steph puts the ball in Clippers' hands more than he does in the basket, you're probably going to lose.
Also, when you can't even begin to fathom an answer for the force of nature that is Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan, you're also probably going to lose. No, you are going to lose. He went 8-for-10 on field goal attempts, along with nine free-throws made for 25 points. He had 18 rebounds. DeAndre asked a question and the Warriors responded with crickets. chirpittychirpchirp.
I'm so sick of the Clippers' Jamal Crawford. Whenever he gets the ball I know he's going to shoot, and whenever he shoots, I know he's going to score. He gives me anxiety—I already have too much of that, thanks.
Warriors in six has been cancelled. It has been rescheduled for seven.
Game 1: Warriors won, 109-105
Game 2: Clippers won, 138-98
Game 3: Clippers won, 98-96
Game 4: Warriors won, 118-97
Game 5: Clippers won, 113-103
Game 6: Thursday, May 1 at Roaracle Arena, 7:30 PM.
Game 7: Saturday, May 3 at L.A., time TBD (There WILL be a Game 7; Warriors win series)