Golden State Warriors
MVP: Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 27 points on 15 shots, and he played a big role in making sure the Warriors didn’t get blown out in the first half. Oh, and he tried to end Chris Paul’s career.
That was … demoralizing:The Clippers won’t be eliminating the Warriors if these teams cross paths in the postseason. It’s just not happening. Los Angeles led by as many as 17 points, every starter played more than any of the Golden State starting five, Draymond Green sat out with “Blake-itis”, and Blake Griffin had 40. And the Clippers still lost. The Warriors had nothing to play for, while the Clippers were at home and on a seven-game win streak. Now they get to fly up to Portland for a game Wednesday night after losing their 26th game of the season, one more than they had all of last year.
X factor: Marreese Speights played only 15 minutes, but he scored 13 points on 9 shots. That’s not a mind-boggling stat or anything. It’s just the latest example of a single player outscoring the entire Clippers bench by himself. Austin Rivers, Hedo Turkoglu, Glen Davis, Spencer Hawes and Dahntay Jones combined to score 12 points on 14 shots.
— Law Murray
Tweets Of The Game
— Dale Correa ツ (@DaleCorrea30) April 1, 2015
Left hand Red, Right foot Blue. pic.twitter.com/SeOJSTVKig
— Narendra W. ✏️ (@na_ren_draw) April 1, 2015
Stephen Curry crossed up CP3 so bad, Odell Beckham couldn't even catch him… pic.twitter.com/o9BVjKEye1
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) April 1, 2015
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 1, 2015
— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 1, 2015
Check Your Messages
Watching Klay Thompson chase J.J. Redick around from the start of the tip instead of drawing the assignment to guard Chris Paul was a break from how previous Warriors-Clippers matchups have lead off. It was even less usual to see that for the course of an entire game. For the Warriors, however, the switch paid off. Redick looked to be out of sorts for much of the night, leading to the self-admitted rhythm shooter’s worst night of what has been a stellar month for him.
It has yet to be seen how Redick will adjust for Thompson the next time these two teams meet, but should that happen in the playoffs this season, we won’t be waiting long.
– Brandon Tomyoy