On a day when the world applauded the move of rookie NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, the Clippers took the floor at the Staples Center in Downtown L.A. amid a roar of support from their fans.
So it was fitting for a Clipper team that has been through so much during the past four days to return home and deliver to their fans, who have also been through the torture chamber following Sterling’s comments, an all-around distraction from the outside world.
It also does not hurt that the Clippers put the Golden State Warriors on the brink of elimination with the chance to close out the series in raucous Oracle Arena on Thursday.
It was clear on Saturday that the Clippers were distracted by all of the media hoopla surrounding Sterling’s comments in Game 4, and the Warriors took advantage of that distraction. But the only distraction the Clippers faced on Tuesday night was a pesky Warrior team that just would not go away.
But by now the Clippers are used to the distractions, and the team handled the distraction of Golden State with relative ease. For all intents and purposes, this game was a statement game for the Clippers. The statement the team sent to the rest of the Western Conference was that despite that all of the adversity, L.A. is still a championship caliber team.
The Clippers can take one step closer to that goal on Thursday night, which would be a satisfying ending for the team, the fans and the NBA alike.