About Last Night: Durant's dominating 50 eliminates Clippers

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WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Blakely: Durant swan song? 

No one knows for sure if Kevin Durant is playing his final days in Golden State. But if he is, this is exactly how you want to go out. We’ve seen Durant take his game to a level that absolutely devastates the most sound team defenses, but he’s shifting into a supernova zone we have not seen before. 

After dropping 45 points in a Game 5 loss, clearly, Durant was even more lethal in scoring a playoff career-high 50 points in the Warriors' Game 6 win over the pesky Los Angeles Clippers. 

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher that it took the Warriors six games to finally dispose of the pesky Los Angeles Clippers, a team that Golden State really should have put away in four, maybe five games. 

Of more immediate concern for the Warriors is Steph Curry’s ankle injury. He suffered it in the first quarter of Game 6 and eventually returned to play, but it was clear that Curry was not himself afterward.

It’ll be worth keeping an eye on as the Warriors have little time to recover before a Sunday afternoon Game 1 battle against the Houston Rockets. 

SO... THAT HAPPENED

NUMBER OF NOTE

38 points (12/17 FG, 4/8 3-pt FG, 10/10 FT) -- Kevin Durant's first-half totals in Game 6 against the Clippers

THEY SAID IT

"We tried everything. We had several different coverages for KD."
-- Lou Williams

"It didn't work."
-- Patrick Beverley

FRIDAY SCOREBOARD

  • Warriors 129, Clippers 110 (GS wins series 4-2)

 
WHAT WE'LL BE WATCHING

Blakely: New-look Raptors, Sixers 

You hear players talk all the time about how regular-season series don’t hold a lot of weight when the playoffs roll around. There’s a lot of truth to that when you look at this Toronto-Philadelphia second-round series. 

The two met four times during the regular season, with all four games ending with double-digit margins for the victor, who in this case was Toronto three times. 

However, all of those games were played before Philly took a sledgehammer to its roster, which in the aftermath left them with one of the best starting fives in the NBA. 

But the Raptors are a bit different now than before as well. 

Toronto has since added Marc Gasol, which not only strengthens their starting five, but moves Serge Ibaka to the bench, providing their second unit with another game-changing player. 

As for Boston, the player to keep an eye on is Al Horford, who has averaged a double-double this season against the Bucks (19.5 points, 11.0 rebounds along with 6.5 assists) and has shown that with lots of rest (it'll be a week since the Celtics last played), he can be a really special player on floor. The Celtics are going to need that from Horford if they are to pull off the series upset of the Bucks. 

SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

  • 76ers at Raptors, Game 1 -- 7:30 p.m., TNT
  • Spurs at Nuggets, Game 7 (series tied 3-3) -- 10 p.m., TNT

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