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Tuesday, April 29th
(All times Eastern)
(6) Golden State Warriors (2-2) at (3) Los Angeles Clippers (2-2), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will try to press on amidst the
on-going controversy with owner Donald Sterling Tuesday night when their
series with the Golden State Warriors returns to the Staples Center tied 2-2.
After Sterling was allegedly caught on tape making hideous racially
insensitive remarks, he did not attend Game 4's loss at Oracle Arena.
Commissioner Adam Silver will have a 2 p.m. ET press conference Tuesday
afternoon, where it's expected he will make some announcement about Sterling's
The team has taken the high road to this point, allowing head coach Doc Rivers
to speak on the team's behalf.
"We are all trying to figure out everything as it goes and just do our best
and we hope that it is the right answer," Rivers said in a statement. "I'm
still going to do my best and do what I think is best for the team and for
everybody in this case. It is very difficult because there are so many
emotions in this. This is a very emotional subject, this is personal."
The Clippers' players staged a silent protest prior to tip-off Sunday by
wearing their pregame shirts inside-out with the team's logo out of sight.
They wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks but appeared stuck in
warmup mode when the game got underway.
The Warriors blew out the Clippers in Sunday's Game 4, 118-97.
"It's my job as a coach to get them ready and I just didn't feel like I did
the right stuff," said Rivers. "I gotta do a better job. Whatever the
distractions, whatever, I gotta do a better job. I didn't do my job tonight. I
take that personally."
Stephen Curry jumped out to a fast start in Game 4 and the Warriors shot 55
percent from the field in rolling to the win. Curry finished with 33 points,
seven assists and seven rebounds, while Andre Iguodala netted 22 points for
the Warriors, who had dropped back-to-back games after stealing the opener in
Klay Thompson, David Lee and Harrison Barnes all finished with 15 points.
Curry raced out with 17 points in the first 8:30, hitting all five of his 3-
point attempts as the Warriors opened a 20-point lead in the first quarter.
"We tried to come out with a sense of urgency. That's been a big problem in
the first three games," said Curry. "As a team we haven't started games off
well and they've gotten a double-digit lead each first quarter. So we moved
the ball well, guys set great screens and we executed at a higher pace. When
we do that, we're tough to guard."
Warriors head coach Mark Jackson inserted Draymond Green into the starting
lineup in place of Jermaine O'Neal. Green only finished with four points, but
Golden State got the victory.
The Clippers pulled within nine in the fourth but did not climb out of the
mammoth hole. Jamal Crawford and Blake Griffin led the club with 26 and 21
Chris Paul finished with 16 points, followed by 12 from J.J. Redick and 10 out
of Matt Barnes.
By Tuesday's tip, the Clippers should know the fate of Sterling and hopefully
will get closer to closure. Either way, the series must go on.
"I just believe when the game starts, the game starts and nobody cares
anymore," Rivers said following the loss. "Golden State surely didn't care."
Game 6 will be Thursday night back at Oracle Arena.
04/29 10:28:26 ET