Golden State Warriors: Keys To Game 7

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Golden State Warriors

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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  • NativeAngeleno

    For the Warriors to have beaten the Clippers in game 6 by one point, while they were at home, with their backs against the wall, against a Clipper team that did not play their best, missing many easy shots undefended by Golden State, with Chris Paul sitting on the bench for long stretches due to fould trouble, all does not bode well for them in LA for game 7. The bandwagon of this team is due to the exaggerated dislike of the Clippers, for various reasons, including jealousy of the many ads running constantly on national tvb featuring both Paul and Blake Griffin.

    Clippers will advance by taking and keeping a good-sized lead throughout the game. This prediction is a no-brainer. Too bad the pontificators who have wrapped themselves around the Warriors are about to be made to look like the fools they are.

    • Gerald Bourguet

      First of all, this is simply a guideline for the Warriors in regards to what they have to do to win Game 7, not my personal prediction for Game 7. Second, I would hardly call the Warriors fan base “bandwagoners” considering they’ve been one of the NBA’s best fan bases even when they had their down years.

  • Tyrone Bowman

    Most Warriors fans have been lifers. It is true when Golden State has stunk (most bay area teams have had their moments and some fans have stopped attending in person) some fans avoid going to games and uttering they like the Warriors on the street. Most though are very passionate about their team. If anyone’s a bandwagoner in this series it’s the Clippers with the addition of Chris Paul. How many fans jumped on LA’s back because of that? I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another great game as these two teams and fan bases have become hostile towards each other.