Clippers lead 3-2
Warriors facing elimination
TV: CSN Bay Area + TNT | Radio: KNBR 680*
Buddy Frenemy: Clips Nation
* Finally. Very big of you KNBR to not kick this HUGE game to 1050. (That last sentence was very, very sarcastic.)
Well here we are. An elimination game. It's win or go home. (Well, technically since the Warriors are hosting Game 6 and Game 7 would be in LA, it's "win or stay home.")
I know we should all be pumped up and I'm sure will Oracle will be loud (not WE BELIEVE crazy, but still loud). But to be honest, Game 5 left a bitter taste in my mouth. The Warriors did keep the game close, but they were very sloppy, careless, and maybe even listless. I know it's easy for me to say from the couch, but where was the intensity? Was Mark Jackson and the team just not that into it?
Keys to the W
1) Take Care of the Rock: In Game 5 the Warriors only had one more turnover than the Clippers (13 to 12), but the turnovers were deadly. They lead to easy buckets for the Clippers. The main culprit was surprisingly Stephen Curry with a whopping 8. Unfortunately Curry does have big Monta Ellis turnover nights ever now and then. That's just something he hasn't fixed in his game yet. This goes without saying, but Curry needs to take care of the rock in Game 6. If not, the season will be over.
2) Stop DeAndre Jordan: DeAndre deserves a ton of respect. Aside from a dismal Game 4 performance, Jordan has been excellent this series. But he is not 25-18 and 4 Mutombos good. That's on the Warriors and they need to bring him back down to earth. If not, the season will be over.
3) Survive by the 3: It's pretty simple. The Warriors need a BIG SPLASH from downtown. If not, the season will be over.
Start 4 for Game 6
Pick your 4 in the Golden State of Mind Group on Start Four. Only pick Warriors in the playoffs!
Here's my 4:
- Stephen Curry: W
- Klay Thompson: I
- Harrison Barnes: N
- Hilton Armstrong: !
- Warriors by 3.
- That is all.