Warriors have backs against the wall in Game 4 

click to enlarge Blake Griffin | Stephen Curry
  • Juan Pardo/Special to The S.F. Examiner
  • The Warriors need Stephen Curry, right, to get rolling in order to keep pace with the Clippers and Blake Griffin, left.

The Warriors were on top of the world after taking Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. But after back-to-back losses -- a Game 2 beatdown and a narrow but ugly Game 3 loss -- Golden State needs a win Sunday in Game 4 to avoid falling into a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 hole.

But Warriors coach Mark Jackson isn't overly worried entering today's pivotal showdown at Oracle Arena.

"These are two teams that, it's going to be a long series," Jackson said. "You look now and you say, 'They've taken home-court advantage.' Our job is to take care of Sunday because we've proven we can go [to Los Angeles] and win."

The Warriors will look to get Stephen Curry going. Curry is averaging just 18 points per game in the series after averaging 24 in the regular season. The Warriors will also need to find a way to slow the Clippers' Blake Griffin, who has scored 32 and 35 points, respectively, in the past two games.

Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. on ABC.

Warriors vs. Clippers

Clippers lead series 2-1

(Best-of-7 series; x-if necessary)

Game 1: Warriors 109, L.A. Clippers 105

Game 2: L.A. Clippers 138, Warriors 98

Game 3: L.A. Clippers 98, Warriors 96

Today: L.A. Clippers at Warriors, 12:30 p.m. (ABC)

Tuesday: Warriors at L.A. Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (CSN Bay Area)

x-Thursday: L.A. Clippers at Warriors, TBA (CSN Bay Area)

x-Saturday: Warriors at L.A. Clippers, TBA (CSN Bay Area, TNT)

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