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Why Mike Brown feels like he played role in Klay Thompson's huge game

Why Mike Brown feels like he played role in Klay Thompson's huge game

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

Klay Thompson finally had a big game on Sunday.

After scoring just 12, 17 and 12 points in the first three games against the Clippers, the five-time All-Star registered 32 points in Game 4.

Did he do anything different on Friday or Saturday in Los Angeles that contributed to his breakout performance?

“I did a couple things ... I told Jonas (Jerebko) yesterday when we went to the beach and played some volleyball, I'm like, 'Yo I’m just gonna go jump in the ocean. I know that will reset my mind.’ And it worked," Klay told reporters after the Warriors' 113-105 win. "I don't know if I'm gonna jump (in) up north, because it's freezing.

"But it's something I'll definitely contemplate if I don't shoot the ball the rest of the year."

On Monday morning, Golden State assistant coach Mike Brown explained how he could have been there with Klay and Jerebko but ultimately declined the invitation.

“I actually took an Uber after that practice back to the hotel with Klay and Jonas and they were both going to the beach together,” Brown said on 95.7 The Game. “They asked me if I wanted to go and at first I said, ‘Yes.’

“But then I realized my swell figure -- it wouldn’t quite look as nice as theirs. So, I was like, ‘You know what? How about y’all go to the beach by yourselves and I'll go another time with y’all, after I get in that gym a little bit.'

"I didn't go with them, but I feel like I'm part of this 32-point performance because Klay did say he needed some tunes while he was at the beach. And so I said, 'OK, Klay. Here, you can use my Beats Pill.' So I let him use my Beats Pill.

"He tried to keep it but I confronted him when we got off the plane last night and he knew what to do as a young man (against) my grown man strength."

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There are so many amazing components to this tale that it's hard to pick a favorite.

The weather is going to be beautiful in the Bay Area the next couple of days, so hopefully we learn about another legendary Klay story after Game 5 on Wednesday night.

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Mike Brown pinpoints what saved Warriors in Game 1 vs. Clippers

Mike Brown pinpoints what saved Warriors in Game 1 vs. Clippers

Apart from Steph Curry's 38-point barrage, the Warriors didn't have their typical lethal offensive game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series. 

The Dubs were sloppy early on Saturday night. They missed shots, turned the ball over and allowed the Clippers to take the lead midway through the second quarter, with Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell tearing them apart with the pick-and-roll.

Los Angeles' success on the offensive end didn't last, though. While the Warriors turned the ball over at a concerning rate on the offensive end, the defense stepped up and suffocated the Clippers, helping the Dubs take a double-digit lead into the break at Oracle Arena.

Golden State cruised in the second half, with Curry's 38 points serving as the cherry on top of a 121-104 win.

While the offense gets all the publicity, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown believes it's the defense that rescued them in Game 1.

"I tell you what, that's what saved us this game," Brown said on NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central." "We were a little flat offensively, turned the ball over, but our defense was tremendous throughout the course of the game. Our defense played hard, and because of that, [we] were able to get away with a double-digit lead. And like what you said, Andre [Iguodala], Kevon Looney, their numbers weren't great statistically, but they were big for us on the defensive end of the floor. Huge."

The only way the Clippers can hang in this series is to hope the Warriors turn the ball over, get lazy on defense and let irritants like Patrick Beverley get them off their game.

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Even when the shots aren't falling at the normal clip, the Warriors are nearly impossible to beat when they are locked in on the defensive end.

Just ask the Clippers.

Mike Brown on Clippers mucking up Game 1: 'They have no other way to beat us'

Mike Brown on Clippers mucking up Game 1: 'They have no other way to beat us'

The Warriors have far too much firepower for the Los Angeles Clippers to overcome in their first-round NBA playoff series.

Everyone knows it.

It was evident Saturday night at Oracle Arena when the two-time defending champions didn't have nearly their A-game but still ended up cruising to a 121-104 win behind Steph Curry's 38-point barrage.

To anyone who watched Game 1, it's clear the series appears to be headed for a sweep as the Clippers just don't possess the talent needed to overthrow the NBA's king.

Game 1 was a hotly contested, physical game that featured a number of the Clippers receiving technical fouls, and Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley being ejected in the fourth quarter.

Getting under the Warriors' skin, the way Beverley did to Durant, is the only way the Clippers will have a chance in the series, according to Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown. 

"We don't want to take the bait," Brown said on "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central." "There's no way I'd ever want to trade Kevin Durant for Patrick Beverley. We love the guys that we have on this team, and so one of our keys heading into this series was, we know we have to be poised against this team. They have no other way to beat us unless they junk it up, and they take advantage of us either getting kicked out or doing something silly to make it an advantage for them."

After the game, Durant vowed to keep his poise during the remainder of the series, while also showing respect to Beverley and the grit that he brings for the Clippers.

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The Clippers' collection of role players can pester and annoy the Warriors for the next three or four games, but the only way it goes longer than that is if the Dubs play into the Clips' hand and engage in extracurriculars that take their mind off the task at hand -- swatting away the annoying fly and advancing to the Western Conference semifinals.