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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

LOS ANGELES - Three days after Golden State suffered the worst playoff collapse in NBA history, the Warriors will travel 300 miles down the California coast for Game 3 of the Western Conference first-round series. 

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m. PT with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 p.m. tip-off from Staples Center.

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Since the Game 2 loss, the Warriors have been criticized for their lack of focus and effort entering their latest deep run for a title. With Game 3 and a chance to go up 2-1 looming, the Warriors hope a sustained effort will be displayed Thursday evening. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivica Zubac
G Patrick Beverley
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexader

ROTATION OUTLOOK 

Warriors

With DeMarcus Cousins out for the foreseeable future with a torn quad, Bogut is expected to start his first playoff game since 2016. Bogut's inclusion into the starting lineup is sure to bring a defensive boost. The Warriors were outscored 85-58 in the second half of Game 2, squandering a 31-point lead in the process. 

Curry and Thompson are looking for a bounce-back game in Los Angeles. While Curry finished with 29 points in Game 2, he made just 2-of-9 from the field in the second half. Meanwhile, Thompson has hit just two 3-pointers in the series. 

The Warriors would also like to cut down on the turnovers, as they've accumulated 33 over the first two games of the series. 

Clippers

The Clippers got a combined 61 points in Game 2 from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, which is a given. What wasn't expected was 24 points from Gallinari. 

LA is a scrappy bunch - led by a defensive ace in Beverley - who have rushed shooters off the 3-point line, pushing the Warriors out of rhythm.

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With the series tied, the Warriors will be wise not to let LA gain any more confidence than they already have. 

Officials: Scott Foster (#48) Jason Phillips (#23), Scott Twardoski (#52), Alternate: Leon Wood (#40) 

Warriors' chemistry tearing at seams, as proven by stunning Game 2 loss

Warriors' chemistry tearing at seams, as proven by stunning Game 2 loss

OAKLAND -- The dynasty didn’t fall Monday night. There were signs of fracture, indicators that all is not well with the best basketball team on earth, but one loss, no matter how devastating, doesn’t topple walls of stone.

There is no question, though, that this loss tore at seams of the Warriors’ fabled chemistry and unity.

They blew a 31-point lead. Gave away a playoff game. At home. To a Clippers team built more on pluck than power.

Though the Warriors lost DeMarcus Cousins in the opening minutes, likely for good and surely a pity for him, his departure is not what invited the catastrophe that was a 135-131 loss to the Clippers in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Asked what went wrong in the worst second half of coach Steve Kerr’s five-year tenure, Stephen Curry didn’t flinch:

“Mainly just our aggressiveness, definitely, our togetherness definitely.”

They fell apart in ways few NBA teams ever do in a playoff game. They begged for defeat, and the Clippers were happy to oblige.

The reigning champs lost, first and foremost, because they continued to commit the sins they’ve evaluated, addressed, discussed, reviewed and vowed to avoid. They lost by giving the Clippers 34 points off turnovers -- more free buckets than any team scored against the Warriors in the 82-game regular season.

They lost by giving up 85 points in the second half, more than they allowed in the second half of any regular-season game.

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They lost with Kevin Durant, one of the most gifted scorers to play the game, attempting just eight shots, committing nine turnovers and fouling out in the fourth quarter.

“He had a tough night,” Kerr said with what appeared to be steam coming from both ears.

They lost with 6-of-19 shooting in the same fourth quarter that LA’s star reserves -- Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell -- shot 10 of 14.

They lost with Curry going to the bench after committing his third and fourth fouls less than four minutes into the second half and never regaining rhythm, shooting 2 of 9 in the fourth quarter.

For the better part of three quarters, the Warriors were fortunate to be playing the Clippers, who looked as overmatched as the rosters suggest they should be. The Warriors went up 94-63 on a 3-point play by Durant with 7:31 left in the third.

Late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth, the Clippers were delighted to be playing the Warriors.

“We have those big deficits like that, I don’t really think we can come back and win the game,” said Williams, who scored 29 of his 36 points in 19 second-half minutes. “We just play as hard as we can to give ourselves an opportunity not to get embarrassed.”

The proud champion Warriors, on a quest to “three-peat,” looked, well, shook. The same team, in name, that gave LA five points on six turnovers in the first half gave up 29 on 16 over the final 24 minutes.

Kerr was simmering as hot as he has at any time this season, including the night he and Jordan Bell openly squabbled on the sideline. Klay Thompson seemed stunned but defiant. Durant left the locker room without speaking, and Draymond Green was so disgusted with the events of the evening that he, too, sprinted out in record time, without a word.

“For six-and-a-half quarters, we played amazing,” Curry said, referring to the 121-104 in Game 1 on Saturday. “Had a 31-point lead. The wheels fell off. I know we can get it back.”

Maybe they can.

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But no longer can anyone be certain about the Warriors. Blown leads in the regular season were blamed on tedium, implying that things would change when the real season started.

The real season is underway, and the Warriors lasted less than seven quarters before looking like a team far worse than the sum of its parts. Getting it back is possible, but after a loss of this magnitude, how can anyone be sure?

Watch Klay Thompson lock up multiple Clippers in Warriors' Game 1 win

Watch Klay Thompson lock up multiple Clippers in Warriors' Game 1 win

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Klay Thompson did not have a great shooting night in the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Clippers.

In the first half, he barely got any opportunities to score.

He tried to get himself going in the third quarter, but forced some tough shots and went 1-for-7 from the field. He did go 3-for-5 in the fourth quarter, however.

So the five-time All-Star didn't have a very big impact on Saturday night, right? Wrong. Very wrong.

Klay was fantastic on the defensive end and deserves the recognition for his work on that end of the floor.

Here he is setting the tone less than two minutes into the game:

This prompted television analyst Jeff Van Gundy to say: "If he doesn't make All-Defense this year, it'll be a crime."

As you are probably aware, Klay has never been named to an All-Defensive team

A couple minutes later, he denied Landry Shamet at the rim:

Midway through the second quarter, Klay held his ground on the block against the bigger JaMychal Green, who was called for traveling:

Early in the third quarter, Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander thought he was going to make a layup but Klay had other ideas:

According to NBA.com tracking data, the Clippers went 3-for-10 from the field when Klay contested the shot.

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The one guy the two-time All-NBA selection wasn't able to slow down was Lou Williams, who racked up 25 points and nine assists.

But in Klay's defense (no pun intended), a lot of Williams' production came out of high ball screen situations where there isn't a lot he can do. It's up to the Warriors' big man to switch and keep Williams in front.

Klay is going to have some games in which he is the star on the offensive end. But throughout the rest of the playoffs, keep a close eye on how he greatly affects the game without scoring.

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