LOS ANGELES – Stephen Curry arrived out of the locker room of the Golden State Warriors title-holder an hour after his team had closed the wanton LA Clippers 129-110 in Game 6 of a Western Conference series in the first round of the Western Conference expected.
Curry vividly passed Warriors general manager Bob Myers, but his butt of the sprained right ankle in the first quarter was evident.
"That was our season," Myers said with a shrug.
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Half an hour earlier, guard Klay Thompson had left the Staples Center with an even more pronounced limp after spraining his right ankle in the third quarter. Before this series, Golden State lost the start center DeMarcus cousins indefinitely on a broken quadriceps.
Both Curry and Thompson said they were alright. With less than 40 hours until the first game of the Houston Rockets on Sunday afternoon in Game 1, there is little time to approach the game.
This is the result of the 31-point lead against the Clippers being blown up in Game 2 of this series, which could not be closed at home on Wednesday in the 5th game. Yes, the Clippers had something to do with each of these games as well. However, if Curry's and Thompson's ankle injuries or the extra energy spent in this series have real consequences in the next round, the story of all times will remember that Golden State has a penchant for uneven performance while They fight against their own complacency and hubris
Over the past two seasons, it has been a constant battle for warriors. Each season feels longer until the playoffs finally begin. The pull of the regular season clouds the senses.
"The duration of our run is a mental and physical challenge," coach Bruce Fraser's assistant said. "I think everyone is a bit tired, we've been around for so long, but I think the playoffs are motivating us."
"And the Clippers got our attention. You are a really impressive team.
But will this series be the challenge that makes the Warriors to championships, many believe is the team that has the best odds
No team has the Warriors in In the playoffs, Houston beat them 8-6 in the last two years, one of only three teams to win a record against Golden State. The Rockets won three of their four games this season Golden State.
Or will the extra kilometers they set up and the things they absorb be the body punches that eventually weaken their legs? "They did our best," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said about the clippers. " One of the things that happens in the playoffs is that you can hone your game against an opponent who forces you to do so. And that's how I saw it.
"If we go through it now, it's easy to say, yes, that was good for us, it did not feel good to us when it happened, but they made the best in us and now we move on . "
It was in a sense fitting that Kevin Durant and Draymond Green came together to lead the Warriors in Game 6 to this victory. Durant has scored 50 points in 15-of-26 shooting He is the sixth player in NBA playoff history with 45 or more points in consecutive games. Green ended up with a triple double of 16 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 blocks.
According to research by Elias Sports Bureau, Durant and Green's performance marked only the third time in the NBA postseason that teammates had a 50-point game and a triple-double in the same game. The other instances were both 1960's from the former Philadelphia Warriors Hall of Famers, Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Gola.
The Warriors' squadron – and possibly their heir – still seems to be determined by the way they responded to the reaction between Green and Durant against the same Clippers on 12 November. This argument, which started on the bank, showered and escalated in the locker room. It felt like a break that could derail this dynasty. It could still prove to be prophetic.
But on Friday night, the two men in the square seemed to be so interconnected as never before.
"It took some time, but they are fine," Fraser said about the relationship between the two men. "Maybe they are not what they were, but they are fine."
Nice enough to play together and at least win together.
"They love to play basketball and they want to win," Myers said. "They are good for a while now.
" They do it when they have to, but they also move through to get to a place where they are connected. Because it feels good to go through something together and get out on the other side.
Twice this season, the Clippers were the team that shocked Golden State, and the Warriors limped twice from the other side, but still.
"Honestly, those six games felt related on all the adjustments and the emotional roller coaster ride over two months, "said Curry." It tested us. "They played great. Really, we need to raise our game levels."