With Curry down, Warriors nearly out

Doc Rivers spoke of how the Sterling situation had impacted Jordan, before adding that Jordan predicted Game 5 redemption.

"I was really happy for him," Rivers said. "He called me or texted me right after we'd gotten back to L.A., and said 'That wasn't me, I will be back.' And I didn't know he meant that. But I'm going to make sure he texts me tonight."

Jordan and the dogged Clippers are the story, and might have been even had the Warriors managed to come back to win. Before the game, Jackson was besieged by questions about the tumult surrounding the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling. This was happening on a day when reports surfaced about his former assistant getting fired over a (different) secret recording, and how Jackson wasn't allowing NBA legend Jerry West into Golden State practices. Yes, even a slight to Lakers great Jerry West can't make waves in Los Angeles right now.

Perhaps the Warriors are thankful their strife has gotten short shrift, ugly circumstances aside. Right now it's all in the background, probably until the offseason. To stave off that phase, the Warriors and Curry must assert themselves in Game 6. That might not mean Curry taking 30 shots, but it could mean a more focused effort from him and a more focused effort from his team in setting screens. Otherwise they'll be an early death in this Clippers movie.

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