Clippers beating the Warriors in game 5 yesterday was definitely a big surprise when you put things into perspective. After 3-1 lead that they had, most people expected the Clippers to go down quietly as the most team would especially if they are facing the Warriors. Clippers were a much better team for the majority of last night’s game and are now in a good position to potentially upset the reigning champions.
Kevin Durant who had the best performance last night finished the game with 45 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and even that wasn’t enough to stop the Clippers of getting the win. After the game, Durant said it was the lack of intensity that pretty much brought the Clippers back in the ball game. Durant also mentioned a couple of details that are crucial in getting teams back in the game which is predominantly missed shots, turnovers and unnecessary fouls.
“When we get a nice lead, we just tend to relax a little bit. I said it before. Teams are looking for something just to get them back into the game, you know what I’m saying? If we foul a 3-point shooter or turn the rock over or we shoot a few bad shots in a row, teams get going. They’ll build some confidence. Because they’re already playing loose, with nothing to lose, those shots, they don’t have no pressure from the start to the finish, especially as an 8-seed. So they’re coming out with some confidence already. And we kind of kept the door open with our intensity to start the game.”