Last Updated: 2019-04-20
The Golden State Warriors left no doubt as to who was the better team on Thursday night. Golden State jumped on the Los Angeles Clippers early for the second straight game, but this time the Warriors didn’t let up on their way to a 132-105 blowout win. Kevin Durant went off in Game 3, as the Warriors showed that they can beat you in any number of ways.
DeMarcus Cousins has been ruled out for the rest of the postseason after tearing his quad chasing down a loose ball in Game 2. Not having Cousins and Damian Jones hurts a Golden State team that doesn’t have many big men, so the Warriors will have to play Andrew Bogut a lot going forward. We saw a lot of Bogut in Game 3, and that is likely an indicator of what’s to come.
The Clippers have no one listed on their injury report.
Golden State opened as a nine-point favorite on Friday, and that line has come down a tad since it opened. The Warriors are now 8.5-point favorites against the Clippers with the total set at a flat 235.
The story of Game 3 was Kevin Durant. Durant exploded for 38 points on 14-23 shooting and led the offense with Steph Curry in foul trouble for much of the game. Curry only played 20 minutes because he picked up five fouls relatively early, but it turns out the Warriors didn’t need much from him in the win.
There was an unlikely source of offense on Thursday night. With Curry on the bench for most of the game, Draymond Green took the reins of the offense for stretches and led the team with 10 assists on the night. Green hasn’t shot well this year, and he is no longer the offensive threat we saw in the past. That has led to the Clippers (and other opponents) shading away from him and daring him to shoot threes this year, so if he can reinvent himself as a distributor, that will help.
LA did not get a lot of production out of its starters on Thursday night. Doc Rivers uses a deep rotation and mixes his five on the court frequently, but the bad start put the team in a hole from which they didn’t recover. Former Laker Ivan Zubac was the only bright spot with 18 points and 15 rebounds in just 17 minutes, and his nine offensive boards helped keep possessions alive. However, the other four starters combined to go 6-30 from the floor.
Lou Williams has had one of the best years of his career. Williams sparked the Clippers’ epic comeback in Game 2, and he is likely to be at the vanguard of any Clippers effort in the future. LA is really outmatched in this series, but Golden State has had some difficulty defending guards, and Williams could go off once more. He has been able to get to the line quite often against Golden State throughout the year, and I think we’ll see him finish with 20 or more on Sunday.
Williams is going to go over his point total, but I think the Warriors will dominate. Durant stepped up in a big way in Game 3, and I believe he is ready to put the petty feuds behind him and get down to business.
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