The victor of the Golden State/L.A. series will move on to face the Houston Rockets, who won their series over the Utah Jazz in five games. Right now, they're alone on the island, the only true great team in the league, even on nights when they don't play the part.
Not many predicted this series to go to a Game 6, especially by way of virtue of the Warriors losing two of three home games.
Despite being favored to win his third consecutive National Basketball Association championship, rumblings of Durant's interest in leaving the Warriors has been the talk of the season.
In the last four games, he averaged 42 points on 55 percent shooting, and at times was a singular force against the stubborn Clippers.
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In fact, they have even alluded to building their team specifically with the goal of taking down the Warriors. Golden State tightened up their play in the second half but still finished with 20 for the game.
"One of the things that can happen during the playoffs is you can sharpen your game against an opponent that forces you to do so", Kerr said.
Durant has done it from all over the floor, draining jumpers, finishing around the rim and getting himself to the free throw line 10 times. Durant got his fourth foul in the fourth. Klay Thompson, as is his pattern, went ballistic for one game, then was rather tame by comparison in the others. Draymond posted a triple-double: 16 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists, adding four blocks on the defensive end.
Gallinari led the Clippers with 29 points and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22. But really, now: If Durant plays like he has the last few games, does it really matter what James Harden and Chris Paul bring in this upcoming best-of-seven?
When Rivers took over as Celtics coach in 2004, he noticed that the franchise's legendary players didn't come around or spend time with the team.
Durant put the team on his back in the first half and led the Warriors to a 72-53 lead at the break. "He said, 'Hi. I'm John Havlicek.' Like I didn't know".