Well, so much for revenge is a dish best served cold. In Oakland, it hasn’t been served at all for a while.
Once again, the too-big-for-their-britches Warriors burned the Clippers under a barrage of 3-point baskets. Stephen Curry, doing his usual Kobe impersonation by making ridiculous shots from way to far, threw in another 28 points, 16 of them in the fourth quarter to rally his team from 7 down to secure the win.
Chris Paul, probably suffering from his recent knee injury, had one of his worst games of the season, finishing with 4 points on 1-7 shooting. Coach Del Negro has said the team will reevaluate Paul’s status before clearing him to play against Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Blake Griffin, on the other hand, scored 26 and grabbed 13 rebounds, pretty much having his way with whomever Golden State threw his way. Jamal Crawford added 24 points off the bench, continuing his strong play.
But back to the Warriors, and their penchant for getting under the Clippers collective skin. In a tense series that started with Golden State celebrating a win at Staples with a bit too much, ahem, “enthusiasm,” to a blowout loss at Oracle arena that saw the Warriors bench taunting Griffin and their coach labeling Blake “an actor,” to the Clippers throwing alley-opp dunks when up by 36 points late in the 3rd quarter, this series has now entered “rivalry” territory. Indeed, each game seems to get more chippy, with DeAndre Jordan drawing a technical foul after pushing David Lee out of bounds after Lee fouled DeAndre intentionally. And what Clippers/Warriors game would be complete without a body check on Blake as he drives toward the hoop – this time delivered by Jarrett Jack? This time around, Stephen Curry danced after making a basket. Oh me, oh MY.
So now the Clippers, should they finish with the same record as Golden State, will lose home court advantage as they managed only one win in four tries. The loss also means the Clippers fell a half game behind Oklahoma City for the Western Conference best record, although that could be erased with a win on Tuesday night at Staples.
We’re in for some interesting and exciting times, Clippers fans; I just wish I could watch the Clippers wipe that smirk off the Warriors bench just one more time before the season end.