Warriors' Stephen Curry out vs. Clippers after slip during shootaround

Carla Harmon
January 13, 2018

The team with the third most blocks - the San Antonio Spurs - averages 5.5 blocks per contest, meaning the Dubs are blocking almost 53% more shots than the third best team in the league in this metric. Over the past two decades, only the 2015-16 Warriors and 2012-13 Heat have finished the season with a clutch net rating of over +30.0.

With all that in mind, let's take a closer look at what lies ahead and how things could play out Friday night for the Bucks as well as the Warriors. And Karl-Anthony Towns has been terrific for first-place Minnesota in the Northwest Division.

If the Warriors play 14 more clutch games this year, they should not be expected to do better than 11-3.

At this stage of his career, while in a Thunder uniform, Kevin Durant had managed to average 28.6 ppg, on averages of 48.7%, 38.5%, and 88.3%, while competing in 98% of his team's games. Giannis Antetokounmpo has morphed into a superstar. But amazingly, the fact that KD scored his 20,000th point was not the big story surrounding the game once it was over, as an unlikely player ended up stealing the show from him. Though he walked off on his own accord, the Warriors ruled him out for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kevin Durant is going to end up as the smoothest, calmest, most efficient scorer of all time.

Reason for concern: Philadelphia entered Thursday 1-5 in games decided by three points or less, and 1-7 in games where it doesn't score 100 points.

Durant now has 20,015 points, but Lou Williams stole this night, refusing to give in despite the Clippers having four starters out before the game started and losing another when C.J. Williams went down.

The four-time All-Star's absence was clearly felt as the reigning champions were soundly beaten 125-106 by the Clippers. The Warriors had their 5 game winning streak snapped. "That was unbelievable. He was scoring off of double teams". They are scoring 115.7 points per game.

This year, Durant is averaging 25.9 points per game for the Warriors on 50.1 percent shooting from the floor and 39.0 percent from behind the arc. After beating the Cavs on Christmas Day, Golden State ranked #3 in the National Basketball Association allowing 102.5 points per 100 possessions. Klay Thompson sat on Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

Although it was clear that there were similarities between the two players, what most observers noted was that Durant was a much better shooter from long distance.

Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors have won seven of their last eight games and they will be gunning for a sixth straight win after taking down the Nuggets in a 124-114 home win on Monday.

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