But they've repeatedly fell short, and now the window for contending with this team is nearing its end. "If Chris says he's not comfortable, I'm not going to play him because we're playing Golden State". It all started with Jamal Crawford who went off for 13 points in the 2nd quarter.
"It's more so about my thumb", he said.
The nine-time All-Star was key in helping the Clippers oust the Spurs from the playoffs two seasons ago, and his return Friday will give Los Angeles added energy against the Western Conference's second-place team.
Coach Doc Rivers said Chris Paul (thumb) is "out most likely" for Thursday against the Warriors.
Los Angeles will have star guard Chris Paul back in the line-up for the first time since January 16 following surgery to fix a torn ligament in his left thumb. "We look at them as a benchmark". Golden State Warriors live radio streaming is available on 92.5 The Game.
"I had no idea we scored that much", said Stephen Curry, who scored 20 in the quarter - 17 in the final 3:37 before halftime. "But I know it's there".
Whereas the Clippers came into this game starving for a victory, as it's been a long drought for the once-considered rivals.
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The road past the second round won't be easy.
Then reality set in, the Warriors yanked that football away, and the Clippers found themselves in the same position they've been in time and again: on the ground and embarrassed, wondering how they found themselves here once again.
Well this time it was from 31 feet and it was as the third quarter was expiring. It's simply scary how fast this team can turn it around, but when it comes to playing the Clippers, anything is possible.
There really never was any doubt, after all. He also missed seven games earlier in the season because of a strained left hamstring. Per NBA.com, when their five starters (Paul, Griffin, Jordan, Redick and Luc Mbah a Moute) have been on the floor together, they've outscored opponents by 16.2 points per 100 possessions.
Since then, the Warriors have owned this matchup, especially this year as their average margin of victory over the Clips is an embarrassing 25.3 points per game.
It is just getting ridiculous now.