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Warriors hoping to capture road magic again in Game 6 vs. Clippers

Warriors hoping to capture road magic again in Game 6 vs. Clippers

LOS ANGELES - In their pursuit of a third straight title, the Warriors have frequently failed to bring the required focus in a season that's been marred by curious losses -- particularly at home. 

Two days ago - with a chance to close out the Clippers in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round series - the Warriors surrendered a potential closeout win, looking disengaged along the way. 

While Wednesday's performance was a continuation of their regular season home duds, Golden State has frequently found comfort in opposing environments, achieving some of their biggest wins away from Oracle Arena. Now back in Los Angeles for Game 6, the Warriors are hoping their road magic continues. 

"I think on the road you're just naturally more on edge," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following shootaround Friday morning. "You have a little more appropriate fear [and] respect."

In perhaps the most difficult year of the Kerr era - one marred by injury, all-star disenchantment and the uncertainty of Kevin Durant's future - the Warriors have seemed to find solace outside of Oakland. Last month, following a pair of curious home losses to the reeling Boston Celtics and the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors used the road to regroup, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves in convincing fashion. 

Still, lapses have been apparent all season. Frequently, the champs are prone to uninterested play, especially against a team they don't respect. 

"I'm not sure we've ever felt threatened in the regular season," Kerr said. "But the playoffs are a different deal and we know that."

The curious play trickled into the postseason. In Games 1 and 2 against the Clippers, the Warriors turned the ball over a combined 43 times, helping the Clippers overcome a 31 point lead to steal Game 2. 

The Warriors' game shifted when the two teams traveled back to Los Angeles. Durant, who played a facilitator role in Oakland, averaged 35.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in Los Angeles. Klay Thompson also found his jumper, hitting his first seven shots of Game 4, ending with 32 points - giving little doubt the Warriors were back on track. 

On Wednesday, the road equity crumbled in Oracle Arena, when the Clippers outrebounded, outhustled and outplayed the Warriors behind 83 combined points from Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari. 

"It was a perfect storm for the Clippers last game. We came out with s--tty energy to start." I wouldn't say s--tty but more so a little more relaxed than we were to start the game." 

[RELATED: Dubs playing good kind of blame game after Game 5 loss]

The Warriors have been here before, one the road with a chance to close out a series and with the Houstons Rockets back in the Bay waiting for a rematch, Friday night at Staples Center will provide the most opportune time for the Warriors to tap into whatever road magic they have left this season. 

"This is our fifth year doing it - for several of the guys it's like their seventh year straight year in the playoffs so we know what this feels like," Kerr said. We've been here before." 

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

Why anonymous NFL offensive coordinator compares Chiefs to Warriors

The Warriors (10-38) -- after making five straight trips to the NBA Finals -- boast the worst record in the NBA.

And there is one anonymous NFL offensive coordinator who apparently isn't aware the Dubs have fallen so far.

When offering his insight on the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, this is what the coach told Mike Sando of The Athletic:

"The problem for San Francisco is, Kansas City is the type of team that could have 40 plays on offense and score 35 points. I mean, who is down 24-0 and scores 51 unanswered points, all on offense? It’s unreal. Their offense is ridiculous because of the speed. Their No. 4 (receiving option) is better than some teams’ ones. Sammy Watkins is their fourth and he might be their fifth because Damien Williams is probably a better option.

If I’m in (Kyle Shanahan's) shoes, I’m not panicking. If we are down 14, I’m probably not thinking I’m going one-dimensional until eight minutes are left in the fourth quarter, because you just know it’s going to be hard to stop Kansas City on back-to-back series. You might go on a little run, and usually it’s early with those guys, but once Kansas City gets going, they are hard to stop. I never feel like they are struggling. I feel like they have spurts. They are like the Golden State Warriors. They are cold and then all of a sudden they start hitting 3s and now you are f--ked."

That's how it was for Golden State the prior five seasons. But things are a little different this year.

[RELATED: How 49ers' Ford has moved on from crucial offsides penalty]

One final tangent -- Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes loves Steph Curry:

You got to love it.

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NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

NBA rumors: Ex-Warrior Quinn Cook changing number to honor Kobe Bryant

Quinn Cook grew up in the Washington D.C. area worshipping the Los Angeles Lakers.

He loved Kobe Bryant.

So it's not a surprise that the former Warriors guard -- who signed a two-year contract with the Lakers last summer -- is honoring the NBA legend following Bryant's death:

Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were two of nine people who tragically died Sunday morning in a helicopter crash.

[RELATED: Why Kobe's death made Perkins want to end beef with Durant]

Cook and the rest of the basketball world will help ensure that their legacies live on forever.

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