The West’s top-ranked Golden State Warriors failed in their opportunity to close out the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night as the defending champions lost on their home floor to force a Game 6 back in Los Angeles thanks to a standout effort from Montrezl Harrell, Louis Williams and Danilo Gallinari as the trio combined for 83 points in the 129-121 win.
Here’s everything you need to know about this first-round matchup between the Warriors and the Clippers.
No. 1 Golden State Warriors vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Clippers
How to watch Game 6
- Date: Friday, April 26
- Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California
- TV channel: ESPN
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming: WatchESPN
- Odds: N/A
Playoff series schedule, results (Warriors lead series 3-1)
*All times Eastern
- Game 1: Warriors 121, Clippers 104 (Box Score)
- Game 2: Clippers 135, Warriors 131 (Box Score)
- Game 3: Warriors 132, Clippers 105 (Box Score)
- Game 4: Warriors 113, Clippers 105 (Box Score)
- Game 5: Clippers 129, Warriors 121 (Box Score)
- Game 6*: Warriors at Clippers, Friday, April 26, 10 p.m. — TV: ESPN
- Game 7*: Clippers at Warriors, Sunday, April 28, TBD — TV: TBD
Odds and Analysis
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Clippers: The Clippers are one of the feel-good stories of the postseason, as not too many picked them to be there prior to the season’s start. They will have their hands full when it comes to the Warriors, but the matchup should provide the team with some solid experience regardless.
Warriors: The Warriors enter the postseason as the heavy favorite to win their third consecutive title. The team was clearly coasting for large portions of the regular season, but now that the postseason is here, their focus and performance will likely elevate.
Matchups to watch
1. Steve Kerr vs. Doc Rivers: Two of the game’s premier coaches will go head-to-head in this series. Both have had ample success in the postseason, and both know what to expect. Playoff basketball becomes much more of a chess match, as teams play each other multiple times in a row, and it will be interesting to see how these two counteract each other.
2. Patrick Beverley vs. Steph Curry: Beverley likes to make things as difficult as possible for his opponents, and he will surely be tasked with trying to slow Curry at times throughout the series. A matchup between the league’s deadliest shooter and one of its most tenacious defenders promises to be exciting.
3. Draymond Green vs. His emotions: Green led the league with 16 technical fouls during the regular season, and his emotions have gotten the best of him in the postseason in the past. The Warriors won’t want to lose Green for a game due to suspension (we all remember what happened when that occurred in 2016), so he will have to try to keep himself in check.