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Lowell Cohn: Despite distractions, Warriors pushed ahead (w/video)

  • Stephen Curry corrals a rebound against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 4 in Oakland on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

OAKLAND — It's impossible to know how much Donald Sterling loused up his team. You know about the racist remarks attributed to him.

His Clippers rolled over for the Warriors on Sunday, 118-97, a massacre from the start. The Clippers tried but they never were in the game. More like dead on arrival. And who can blame them?

Put all that aside because you must put it aside. This is a basketball story about a basketball game in a basketball playoff series. And while you may feel sorry for the Clippers — I do — you can't give them an excuse, not that they even want an excuse. This playoff series had to continue and the Clippers had to do business. And they did not.

Warriors v. Clippers Playoff Game 4

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It was the Warriors who did business, who pushed aside all the ugliness — not as ugly for them as L.A. — and ran the Clippers off the court, out of the arena, to their plane and back to Southern California as the Warriors evened the series two games apiece and showed their courage and skill. The Warriors need make no apologies for taking advantage of the Clippers, if they even did take advantage. They were here to play, were paid to play. Wow, did they play.

Take the case of Stephen Curry. He is the Warriors' superstar. He may be the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. That includes a lot of great shooters. But in the first three games of this series, he was dormant in the first quarter. Sometimes, he remained dormant. He was someone we didn't recognize, a stranger who got double-teamed and passed the ball to his supporting cast. And nothing much came of it.

Curry was suffering from a case of Latent Chris Paul. He thought, just because he's the Warriors' point guard, he was supposed to play like Paul, a passer, someone who sets up the other guys. But Curry is not Paul. He is a dynamic scorer. He is a combo of Paul and Blake Griffin — passer/scorer — and on Sunday he let loose his inner Griffin. Scored 17 points, sank five 3s in the first quarter, just got off. He ended the game with 33.

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