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Will LA nightlife impact Warriors in Game 4 vs. Clippers?

WarriorsWire logo WarriorsWire 4/20/2019 Tamryn Spruill
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It's an open secret that NBA players love to play in Los Angeles because the City of Angels - from dining to wining - is a choice destination for the finer things. It is, too, a metropolis friendly to those who like to straight-up party.

After the Warriors' practice at Staples Center on Saturday, Mark Medina from The Athletic asked Warriors forward Draymond Green if he had any concerns about nightlife potentially affecting how Golden State comes out on Sunday in Game 4 against the Clippers, especially with it being an early game, with a 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET) tipoff.

The leaner, meaner Green said:

It may be an effect for some people. But it isn't really an effect for us. For some teams it may be an effect for them. I don't know.

The lithe-looking former Defensive Player of the Year didn't sound too convincing. In fact, he didn't seem to be making an attempt to even convince himself. But what does history say about the Warriors' performances on Sundays, in early games and in games played in LA?

How the Warriors play on Sundays, in early games and in LA

SUNDAYS are typically bright for the Warriors. This makes sense because Sunday is the day of the week on which the team's fearless point general, Stephen Curry, plays best. In the 2018-19 NBA regular season, the Warriors played 10 games on Sunday, winning seven of them and losing three.

EARLY GAMES, for these purposes, are defined as contests tipping off before 7 p.m. ET. The sample size for this category is negligible, however, because Golden State played just one early game this season. The Warriors got a six-point win over the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 28, in a game that tipped off at 5 p.m. ET.

LOS ANGELES has been kind to the Warriors. The Warriors played four games in the City of Angeles during the 2018-19 NBA regular season - twice against the Lakers and twice against the Clippers. Golden State's single LA loss was at the Staples Center against the Clippers on Nov. 12 (in overtime).

If the Warriors are secretly partying in LA, they're keeping it off social media. And Draymond Green, for one, has been out and about getting his SoulCycle workout in West Hollywood. And after putting in so much work to get a playoff-ready physique, it is hard to imagine Green leaving Equinox to gorge on fried foods and beer.


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