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Resilient Los Angeles Clippers Will Not Rest on Their Laurels against Golden State Warriors

The Los Angeles Clippers host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night after staging the greatest comeback win in NBA playoff history, overcoming a 31-point deficit to even their best-of-seven series at 1-1 last Monday.

Thursday, April 17 at 10:30 PM ET

STAPLES Center

Coverage: TNT

According to inpredictable.com, the Warriors had a 99 percent win expectancy as late as 6:34 and they were at 80 percent as late as 0:33 left. The Warriors blew a 31-point lead after letting the Clippers go 27-for-39 (69.2 percent) from the field in the final 19:30, getting outscored 72-37.

During their second half comeback, the Clippers scored 85 points on 53 true shot attempts (1.6 points per shot attempt).

The Clippers came back from a 28-point deficit to beat the Celtics 123-112 on the road on February 9 and even though the odds are still stacked against them in this series, the resiliency that we saw from them last Monday should come as no surprise. This team has played this way all year.

As explained by Positive Residual, Lou Williams dropped 36 points on 39 percent usage and 26 true shot attempts. He had 11 assists, including seven at the rim and one behind the arc and his two rebounds were both on the offensive end, coming at crucial times. Williams had a +32 percent win probability added (+30 percent in the clutch).

"When I say we stopped playing, we stopped playing, like defense, offense, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game. "We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together."

The Warriors were obviously concerned with the setback but losing DeMarcus Cousins in the first quarter with a left quad injury likely worries them more.

Cousins is expected to be out for a while, dealing a blow to their frontcourt rotation and it was a terrible way to potentially end his season (there's a chance he can come back if the Warriors make the NBA Finals) after working extremely hard after to resume his career after his Achilles injury last year. Can the Warriors get back on track without him?

NBA Trends:

The Golden State Warriors are:

4-14 ATS in their last 18 Thursday games

The Los Angeles Clippers are:

22-8 ATS in their last 30 games against Pacific Division opponents

8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS win

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell scored 112 points off the bench in the first two games of the series and the Clippers have a puncher's chance in any game as long as they keep playing like this.

NBA Pick: Clippers +8.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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