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Where: Game 3 – ORACLE Arena, Oakland.
When: Friday April 25, 03:30 BST
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The Golden State Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of this opening round playoff series, and coach Mark Jackson is looking forward to the playoff atmosphere at the ORACLE Arena.
The Warriors home court is known for being one of the loudest in the league given the right setting, and Jackson insists that it will be a “great environment” although he conceded that it will be down to him and the players to make it happen on the court.
Having impressed in the first game to take away home-court advantage from the Clippers, Golden State were crushed in Game 2 to leave the two teams tied at one apiece.
The likes of Blake Griffin were able to stay out of foul trouble and the forward in particular dominated by scoring 35 points in the second game, while the Clippers forced 26 turnovers which in turn played a part in shutting down Stephen Curry.
Griffin admits that it will be loud and potentially hostile on Thursday night, but he is excited by the challenge and is looking forward to helping his team improve on their recent record at the ORACLE.
The Clips have lost 15 of their last 17 games in Oakland, including the last five meetings, which would seem to give the edge to the Warriors. However, Jackson’s men have also struggled at times on home court when they would appear to be in a strong position, but Klay Thompson insists that it won’t hurt being back in front of their own fans.
In addition, Curry has promised that they will not quit and will get physical if required despite the key absence of Andrew Bogut, and they seem determined to take care of business in Oakland and put the pressure back on the Clippers.