Houston Rockets

Warriors look beyond, not past, Clippers as playoff series vs. Rockets looms

OAKLAND – Though the Warriors need another win to get out of the first round and officially reach the Western Conference semifinals, they are not afraid to peek beyond the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Warriors have plenty of motivation to oust the Clippers on Wednesday in Game 5 of their first-round NBA playoff series at Oracle Arena.

But it's directly linked to their desire to maximize their mental and physical preparation for the team widely believed to be their biggest threat.

That evaporated when they squandered a 31-point lead to lose Game 2 and deny themselves a chance to sweep LA.

As much as they love their trips to Southern California, they want no part of a Game 6 on Friday.

Warriors-Rockets is the series wanted by each team, by their fans and by pretty much anyone who cares the slightest about the NBA.

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