The Golden State Warriors head to Los Angeles for Game Three of their Western Conference playoff against the Los Angeles Clippers. After shocking the Warriors in Game Two, the Clippers look to take the lead in the series.
The Warriors were 57-25 during the regular season and 27-14 on the road. Los Angeles had a solid 48-34 mark and 26-15 at home. Statistically speaking, both teams are near the top in three point shooting and in overall offense. That's a sure sign to bet the "over" throughout the series. The teams were nearly dead even in rebounding and below average in turnovers. The Warriors had a clear edge in defense, which may prove to be the difference in the long run.
In the first game of the series, the Warriors won at home by a 121-104 score. Steph Curry lead the way with 38 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Montrezl Harrell paced the Clippers in a losing effort with 26 points. Danilo Gallinari hauled in eight rebounds, while Lou Williams dished out nine assists.
The second game looked like another Golden State win, leading 73-50 at the half. However, the Clippers went on an offensive explosion, scoring 44 in the third and outscored the Warriors 41-23 in the fourth to win by the score of 135-131. Lou Williams lead all players with 36 points and 11 assists, while Motrezl Harrell had a game high 10 rebounds. Steph Curry dropped 29 points for the Warriors, while Andrew Bogut added nine rebounds and Draymond Green nine assists.
During the regular season, the Warriors were lead by Curry, hitting 43 percent from long range and averaged 27.3 points. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson completed the big three, who averaged a combined 75 points per game. DeMarcus Cousins adds 15 per game, while Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala add more veteran leadership and hard nosed production.
Lou Williams lead the Clippers in scoring during the regular season at 20 per game. Danilo Gallinari added nearly 20 per game and hit 43 percent from beyond the arc. Landry Shamet added instant offense, dropping 45 percent from three-point range, while Montrezl Harrell and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander combined to score 27 to complete a balanced offensive unit.
Los Angeles will be fired up to try and take a lead on the Warriors. However, the experience and poise the Warriors have in the big game will enable them to weather the storm. The Warriors should come out on top to regain the momentum needed for Game Four of the series.