The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors get back to basketball tonight for Game 5 of their first round NBA playoff series, which is tied at two games apiece but is more notable for the controversy surrounding one of the teams involved. After Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught making racist remarks ahead of Game 4, the controversy became the focus of the sports world and overshadowed the game, which the Warriors won. Now the Clippers are trying to put their season back together in short order tonight with their first home game since the Sterling saga began.
Both teams face an uncertain environment tonight at the Staples Center, with protests on the part of players and fans possible. The arena has already begun removing the logos of the corporate sponsors who have dumped the Clippers so far this week. But the Clippers and Warriors will both attempt to focus on the game at hand tonight, even as legendary NBA figures ranging from Magic Johnson to Michael Jordan to former NBA player and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson have all weighed in on the scandal. With the two teams appearing evenly matched thus far but the Clippers appearing highly distracted in the previous game, tonight’s results could come down to mindset more than talent.
Tonight’s LA Clippers vs Golden State Warriors NBA playoff Game Five will tip off with a starting time of 10:30pm eastern time, 7:30pm local Los Angeles time, on television on TV channel TNT.