Programming note: Watch "Warriors Playoff Central" tonight at 5:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Plus, and immediately after Game 6 on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Both shows will also be streamed live right here.
MEMPHIS -- Let’s start with the obvious – no, the lesson of the Los Angeles Clippers did not resonate with the Golden State Warriors, nor should it have.
“It has nothing to do with us,” Stephen Curry said with the finality of a man who didn’t want to touch the subject for fear that bees were come out of it.
But he’s right – the Rockets and Clippers and their multi-layered madnesses really don’t have anything to do with the Warriors as we know them.
Now it might have had they lost Game 4 in Memphis, and had to face their doom three times rather than the zero they currently do. But their prep for Game 6 tonight was perfunctory, as they have already done whatever mental gymnastics can be done as regards the reinsertion of Tony Allen into Memphis’ plans.
Plus, how do you incorporate the insanity of Game 6 in Los Angeles Thursday night, particularly since it is anyone’s guess what is to happen in Houston on Saturday? The answer is, you don’t, and if you are a member of the Warriors, you don’t have to. There is no great life’s lesson about never taking your foot off the pedal that hasn’t been learned before, nor are their many equivalents to either team on the Golden State roster save Curry and Chris Paul.
Thus, Game 6 here will take care of itself one way or another, and either the Warriors will have three days off before their next game, or actually a doom to face Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Then they will either become the first team in NBA history to play all its road playoff games two or more time zones away, or get a commuter series that would go easier on their charter bills.
In an unrelated item, and as a benefit to all mankind, Joey Crawford will be the crew chief tonight, with Zach Zarba and John Goble as his partners. Crawford is a historically good official to have for a road team, but not as much as his reputation would suggest. Still, he’s Joey, and that’s good enough on its face.