Short takes from the first half of Warriors-Clippers Game 4;
First possession of the game, L.A. called for defensive 3 seconds. What kind of dumb rule is that? If you want to plant yourself in the key, you should be free to do that. They finally allowed zone defenses a few years back, but they didn’t go far enough.
Defensive play of the series: Has to be Patrick Beverley’s flying block on Draymond Green in the first quarter. Especially because it meant so much to his team.
Is Stephen Curry ever going to stay out of foul trouble in this series? Some of the calls have been questionable, but Curry needs to keep that in check.
During one of those quarter-break interviews that should be banned for the rest of time, ABC’s Lisa Salters asked Steve Kerr “what was working” for Klay Thompson as he hit seven straight shots. What was working? He’s one of the greatest streak shooters of all time.
Then there was ABC’s Mark Jackson, referring to “a good basketball possession.” I don’t know about you, but I’m getting real tired of those Parcheesi possessions.
The Warriors have been draining midrange shots with regularity, a fine thing. A word to every analytics department that declares it a bad thing: Get your head out of the stat books and watch the games. Two points still count, and they can wreck the opposition.
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Andrew Bogut has three fouls. That could mean a look at Jordan Bell in the second half, and the Warriors wouldn’t mind seeing how well that works.
What separates these teams: As the clock wound down in the second quarter, Beverley turned a 3-on-1 fastbreak into a dumb 3-pointer that clanked off the front rim. Durant took an impossible-looking 3-pointer, under duress, and knocked it in.
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