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Warriors dropped a 31-point lead in a loss to Clippers, Cousins suffered a serious injury

   Warriors dropped a 31-point lead in a loss to Clippers, Cousins suffered a serious injury

April 17, 2019

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Golden State Warriors set another negative NBA Playoff record in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and they lost center DeMarcus Cousins to an injury in the process but are still in pole position to achieve greatness.

Los Angeles Clippers made a fantastic comeback in Game 2 of the playoff series with Golden State Warriors as they came from 31-point down to get a victory. Not only that the Warriors disappointingly dropped a huge lead but they also lost DeMarcus Cousins who suffered a torn left quadriceps injury and is out indefinitely.

Another negative record from the Warriors

Remember a few years ago when Golden State Warriors became the first team in the NBA history to blow a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals as LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers won the championship? Well, Steve Kerr’s side set another negative NBA record as they also became the first team in history to drop a 31-point lead in a playoff game in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Golden State had a 23-point lead at halftime and they opened the third quarter on a high note but the Clippers didn’t want to go without a fight and showed the world the right meaning of the fighting spirit in an unlikely comeback.

Unbelievable comeback

The Clippers were down by 31 with 7:31 left in the third quarter and had miserable 0.01% win probability after the first half but thanks to a 72-37 run to close out the game, they recorded the largest comeback in NBA playoff history.

Comparing the Clippers’ team to Golden State, it is a miracle how they pulled it off. Let’s remind you of some interesting facts about Los Angeles players who experienced a rather intriguing path to the NBA.

•    Danilo Gallinari almost retired after a gruesome injury earlier in his career
•    Landry Shamet, who scored a crucial triple in the dying moments of the game, was traded in a deal that saw Tobias Harris going to Philadelphia
•    JaMychal Green was undrafted and played overseas
•    Lou Williams was traded twice in the last two years
•    Montrezl Harrell spent time in the G-League
•    Patrick Beverley had to play overseas before getting his chance in the NBA

Cousins likely out for the season

DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left quad injury in the first quarter of the 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Doctors are still determining the severity of the quad tear, which will determine the length of the recovery process, according to the sources close to Adrian Wojnarowski. At the moment, it looks like we’re not going to see Boogie on the court again this season and this will only make things harder for the Warriors in defending their NBA title.


Warriors still in a pole position to clinch another title
Okay, so even though Golden State lost Game 2 in a thrilling manner and now the Los Angeles Clippers have a home court advantage, the Warriors are still the most serious candidates to secure another title. The Warriors are -225 to lift the trophy, Milwaukee Bucks are +600, while the bookies are giving Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets +1100 odds to win the championship.

Golden State will be looking to bounce back from this recent slip-up and get back in the saddle in series with Clippers, so nobody dares to write them off after one loss. They are hoping to record the third consecutive NBA title and we all know it is rare to see a professional team winning three championships in a row. It’s increasingly looking like the Warriors will become the first team in North American pro sports to three-peat the NBA Championship, since the Kobe-Shaq Lakers in 2002.

The Lakers’ success in the early 2000s was the only time in this century that an NBA team won three straight titles and although the Warriors have a strong competition in Milwaukee and Houston this time around, they will do anything to make it three in a row.

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