Montrezl Harrell

Draymond Green pays respect to Clippers' Montrezl Harrell after Game 6

Draymond Green pays respect to Clippers' Montrezl Harrell after Game 6

The Warriors' first-round NBA playoffs series against the Clippers was an unexpected battle. 

It took six games for the reigning champions to take down the No. 8 seed Clippers, as they did so in convincing fashion on Friday night, 129-110. After the win, Warriors forward Draymond Green made sure he paid his respects to Clippers center Montrezl Harrell.

Even though he was in the middle of an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area reporter Kerith Burke, Green wouldn't let Harrell leave Staples Center without getting the respect he earned. 

"I wanted to talk to Montrezl," Green said to Burke. "He's a guy, man, I tell y'all all the time -- he got it out the mud. The way he played in this series, the way he's played all year, he's incredible, man. ... I got much respect for him, and I just wanted to tell him that." 

Harrell scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Clippers' loss. In the six-game series, the former second-round draft pick averaged 14 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.

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The Warriors now face off with the Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. Game 1 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday at Oracle Arena.

Montrezl Harrell has message for Warriors after Clippers' Game 5 win

Montrezl Harrell has message for Warriors after Clippers' Game 5 win

The Los Angeles Clippers are feeling themselves, and for good reason.

Given zero chance to beat the Warriors heading into their first-round NBA playoff series, the Clippers have pushed the two-time defending champions to a Game 6 back in Los Angeles on Friday.

Down 3-1 in the series, most expected the Clippers to roll over Wednesday in Game 5 at Oracle Arena. But Lou Williams dropped 33 points and Montrezl Harrell added 24 as the Clippers grabbed a 129-121 win.

After the victory, Harrell had a quick, NSFW message for the Dubs and he screamed it as he sprinted back to the locker room.

"Bring that ass back to LA" Harrell shouted, via The Undefeated's Marc Spears.

Be careful what you wish for.

While the Warriors have admittedly been looking past the Clippers to a potential second-round date with the Rockets, the Dubs likely will be locked in Friday. Golden State has all the firepower needed to smolder the pesky Clippers, and the last thing they want is to have an unnecessary Game 7 because they were unfocused at the task at hand.

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Harrell has been an issue for the Warriors all series, tormenting them in the pick-and-roll with Williams. His energy and ferocity have been unmatched by anyone on the Warriors, including Draymond Green. 

But with the Dubs having to bring their derrieres back to Southern California, we expect the Warriors' energy level will be a little different in Game 6.

Patrick Beverley's grit, hustle has Clippers nipping at Warriors' heels

Patrick Beverley's grit, hustle has Clippers nipping at Warriors' heels

OAKLAND -- It is troubling that the two most disappointing postseason home losses for the Warriors since the 2016 NBA Finals have come in the first-round series against the Clippers that moves to Game 6 on Friday in Los Angeles.

And no single player was more responsible for those losses -- or the tone of this series -- than Patrick Beverley, the firebrand 6-foot-1 guard who takes the court with the attitude of Godzilla.

He pestered Kevin Durant into nine turnovers and an ejection in Game 2, which LA won.

Beverley came out for Game 5 on Wednesday, on the road, with the Clippers facing elimination, and immediately went after the Warriors with a searing intensity they failed to match.

Another LA win, extending the series, with Beverley reportedly telling Oracle Arena clubhouse attendants that he’ll see them Sunday for Game 7. Yes, he’s predicting a Game 6 victory.

“You’ve got to know what you’re up against when you play against Beverley,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday. “He’s a competitor. That’s how he’s made his money in this league. That’s how he’s been able to stick around. He competes and makes you uncomfortable and he scraps and goes after loose balls.

“I love that guy. He’s a hell of a competitor. He’s a hell of a player. Every coach would like to have a guy like him on their team.”

Beverley in the first quarter of Game 5 grabbed two offensive rebounds -- ignoring several Warriors in the vicinity each time -- with both leading to second-chance buckets for LA. Rebounding is about tenacity, first and foremost, and he grabbed a game-high 14 boards -- more than Draymond Green and Kevin Durant combined.

“It really set the tone early for the way that we wanted to (Game 5) to go energy-wise,” Clippers guard Lou Williams said.

“When you look at this game, at the end of the game, he was matched up with (forwards and centers) under the basket and he kept coming out with the rebound,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Beverley. “It just tells you how tough he is. He’s a tough dude.”

Game 1 belonged to Stephen Curry. Game 2 belonged to Williams, Beverley, and Montrezl Harrell. Game 3 belonged to Durant. Game 4 belonged to Klay Thompson and Durant.

Game 5 belonged to Beverley (17 points and four assists, along with 14 rebounds) and Williams (33 points, 10 assists, and five turnovers).

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But no single player has had more of an effect for this series being extended beyond the projections than Beverley, LA’s emotional leader. He believes, and his teammates follow.

If the Warriors can’t find a way to marginalize Beverley’s contributions in Game 6, they might find themselves looking at a Game 7 on Sunday.