Golden State Warriors: Keys To Game 7

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May 1, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson (left) talks to guard Stephen Curry (30) against the Los Angeles Clippers during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Clippers 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty, and my ears are still ringing from all the whistles for foul calls, but the Golden State Warriors took care of business in a very odd Game 6 and forced the series into a decisive Game 7 this Saturday. The Warriors were playing not only to keep their season alive, but they were also playing for Mark Jackson‘s job security (which, while we’re on the subject, MJax does NOT deserve the axe). The victory allows both to live to fight another day, but they’re not out of the woods yet.

With Game 7 coming up at Staples Center, now is as good a time as any to recall that the Warriors lost their last two games there by a combined 50 points. With their season depending on getting a tough road win in an arena that will be sold out in support of a team that’s been through hell the past week, the Dubs will probably want Game 7 to go a little bit more like Game 1, when they stole a 109-105 win to start the series.

Now that we’ve watched these two Western Conference titans trade blows for six games, there are a few things that really stand out that will make the difference in Game 7. Here are the five major keys to Game 7 for the Golden State Warriors and what Stephen Curry and company must do to pull off the first round upset.

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